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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.

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys and Towers Falling,Ninth Ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family--as only love can define it.


    On December 14th, we will discuss mental health in Black communities. Join us as you follow along in this book.



    Attention educators: want to learn nore? The documentary Trouble the Waters is an Oscar-nominated film that tells a first-person account of Hurricane Katrina. Best for ages 17+