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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes is an American Book Award winner. Rhodes’ Ninth Ward is a stunning tale set against the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. Orphaned 12-year-old Lanesha lives with Mama Ya-Ya, the midwife who birthed her, in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. Although Lanesha is different—able to see ghosts like that of her dead mother—she never feels unloved, an empowerment that helps her survive the devastating storm.

©2010 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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"If there are awards for books that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, this one is a clear contender.” (Children’s Literature)

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  • Erin
  • Lake Charles, LA, United States
  • 02-13-13

The only thing worse than narrator is story itself

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't imagine anyone!

Has Ninth Ward turned you off from other books in this genre?

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, but this author clearly doesn't know a thing about New Orleans beyond its ignorant stereotypes.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sisi Aisha Johnson?

Anyone who actually sounds like a black girl from the south.

What character would you cut from Ninth Ward?

Lanesha. She's annoying, not lovable.

Any additional comments?

Awful. Wasted my credit.

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  • Kelley
  • Reading, PA, United States
  • 11-25-16

Great Book for Middle Schoolers

My students loved this book and the narration is great, very entertaining! Good story with a great lesson.

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Like a hurricane building... so does this story

I read this for a graduate class that was focusing on children's lit. This story is slow to build, kind of like the hurricane referenced in the story. And, just like Hurricane Katrina, you think the climax is past but then you realize that there is more to come - painstakingly slow to resolve. Did I enjoy this story? Absolutely! But I put myself into the characters' story and felt that agony of time barely passing with the waters rising.... tension that builds and sustains but doesn't resolve until almost the very end.