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Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Feb 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobooks, juvenile, coming-of-age, supernatural, multicultural, fiction, reviewed
Read in February, 2011

As snowmageddon came down, I was listening to an audiobook about another extreme weather story-- Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. This is the story of Lanesha, a twelve year old orphan who lives in New Orleans and with Mama Yaya, the elderly woman who delivered her. Lanesha was born with a caul (a thin membrane of skin covering her face), which means she is able to see ghosts. The story begins with Hurricane Katrina looming on the horizon. As the storm approaches, the ninth ward (one of the poorest parts of New Orleans and also where Lanesha lives) empties out. Lanesha and Mama Yaya have no car and nowhere to go, so they prepare to weather the storm. This story has everything-- the supernatural, survival, coming-of-age, and friendship. I would reccomend it to 4th grade and up. *Added bonus--It's a Coretta Scott King Honor Book this year!
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