Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
This book is recommended for advanced readers in fourth grade and up
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, and a district of New Orleans called the Ninth Ward was completely flooded. Many residents were unable to leave their homes before the storm hit. Lanesha's story is fictional--she is a girl who loves school and reading and Mama Ya-Ya, who took her in after her mother died. When Hurricane Katrina hits, will Lanesha's life ever be the same?
I'm not an expert about life in New Orleans before or after Katrina, but this book is an interesting look at one girl's story, and it's distinctive from realistic fiction works set in fairly generic places. In addition to the storm, Lanesha is dealing with a sense of being out of place in her community, and with the loss of her mother. Classes examining responsibility might like to read and discuss this book--how do our responsibilities change in times of crisis? Who is responsible for caring for those who cannot care for themselves? Winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award in 2011.
Book Advisory Information: Natural Disaster, Death of a Character, Supernatural References (ghosts)
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