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Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Mar 29, 2012

Read from March 21 to 28, 2012

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes was such a great read aloud book. It is tender story about a girl who is an outsider in her community because she is different. Lanesha is 12 years old, she learns to navigate new friendships and accept her own gifts during an American tragedy. The book is suspenseful and my 6-year-old daughter was hanging on my every word. I actually caught her trying to read a head of me while I was reading a loud!

It is a mix of reality and fantasy, as Lanesha's special gift is that she can see ghosts and her caregiver, Mama Ya-Ya can tell the future-- read signs. Both characters are admirable in character and show "fortitude" in the face of several personal tragedies.

The story is sensitively written, and offers a great opportunity to share this event with children that were to young to remember to remember the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina.

Ninth Ward was awared a Coretta Scott King Author Honor.

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