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Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. She doesn't have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the 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 Wardis a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, love, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.
Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and Endowed Chair of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and the former director of the ASU Master of Fine Arts Program. Currently, she trains MFA students to teach creative writing to high school and college students in Singapore and China. She is the author of is the author of five adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, MagicCity, Douglass' Women, Voodoo Season, Yellow Moon, and one memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness.