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Ninth Ward

Angel Anderson

Latrina Boyles

on 29 November 2012

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Ninth Ward Lanesha never knew her parents, but she loves living with Mama Ya-Ya, her wise and loving foster grandmother. Though they're poor, Lanesha is content. She loves school, especially math, and thinks about being an engineer someday. But just after Lanesha's 12th birthday, Mama Ya-Ya, whose visions always come true, sees a storm coming. She knows they'll survive the hurricane itself, but she senses something else -- something bad -- is coming. She's referring, of course, to the levees breaking and flooding much of the city, hitting the Ninth Ward especially hard. How Lanesha handles the scary situation and even manages to rescue a dog and a boy becomes a fascinating and harrowing adventure that paints a realistic picture of what it must have been like to live through Hurricane Katrina. The theme of Ninth Ward is sense that out of hardship come strength and growth; that by being true to yourself and your path, you "become... grown in a new way." Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans over a year after Katrina, showing the remaining devastation. A house sits on top of a car in Ward 9, New Orleans, 21 days after the hurricane Heavily damaged homes in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans. One block behind these homes is the industrial canal that collapsed during the storm surge of hurricane Katrina A chair sits in front of what was a home in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. This is about 1/4 mile of where the levy broke. Essentially a river of water hit this house destroying it. This photo was taken about 9 months after the storm Jewell Parker Rhodes is the award-winning author of the historical novels, Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, and the contemporary voodoo-inspired trilogy, Season, Moon, Hurricane. She has also written a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness, two writing guides include: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction, and the children's novel, Ninth Ward.

Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR's "Selected Shorts." Her literary awards include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. The conflict of Ninth Ward is when Mama Ya-Ya visions show a powerful hurricane- Katrina- fast approaching, its up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. Born and raised in Manchester, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University.She is the author of five novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Voodoo Season, and Yellow Moon; and a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness. A sixth novel, Hurricane Levee Blues, and a children’s novel, Ninth Ward, will be published in 2009. Vocabulary fortitude- strength to endure
exasperated- annoyed
lapping- to fold or wind around something.
perpendicular- vertical; straight up and down; upright.
tragedy- a character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrows
synopses-a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
groggy-staggering, as from exhaustion or blows
linoleum-a hard, washable floor covering
magnolias-any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, having large, usually fragrant flowers
vacuum-absence of matter
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