Parents' Guide to

Ninth Ward

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Excellent Read

Excellent read that captures the attention of kids late elementary through middle school. Teaches about Hurricane Katrina while touching on some of the mysticism and culture of New Orleans. Deals with death and loss in a respectful way, and ends with hope.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (4 ):

Lanesha's simple, straightforward narration makes it easy for children to understand why she and other Ninth Ward residents had no choice but to stay put during the hurricane. Though sometimes she seems younger than her 12 years (as when she practices her cursive handwriting), Lanesha is an astute observer of humanity and has empathy even for the boys at school who make fun of her for being different. Although Lanesha's practicality and presence of mind is both believable and inspiring, the fact that she can also see ghosts muddies an otherwise gripping tale. Still, her strong, hopeful spirit will carry younger readers through the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina at an appropriate level of understanding, with lots of room for discussion for those who wish to know more about it.

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