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Ninth Ward

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Ninth Ward

Jewel Parker Rhodes



Realistic Fiction

  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Survival
  • Coming-of-Age and Self-realization
  • Spirits
  • African American
  • New Orleans (LA)


Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleanes’ Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya’s visions show a powerful hurricane–Katrina–fast approaching, it’s up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.


Ninth Ward is a celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional story of transformation.


from http://jewellparkerrhodes.com/children/books/ninth-ward/     



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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Katrina report




Hurricane Katrina News Coverage Archive


Actual Pictures of the Ninth Ward before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina  


Ninth Ward neighborhood before Katrina


Typical New Orleans Shotgun House before Katrina

Satellite view of Katrina as it approaches New Orleans

Winds reached speeds of 175 miles/hour


Levee holding back the Mississippi River breaks


Ninth Ward floods

Ninth Ward resident stranded in attic


New Orleans resident pictured in the Superdome shelter


Satellite picture of the damaged roof of the Superdome





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