Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Ninth Ward

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week I'm waiting on....

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Release Date: August 16, 2010

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.

-Summary from I really like this cover! A drawing of an African American girl in a boat, lifted off the ground with a flower as an umbrella. It's very cute. I have yet to read a book that focuses exclusively on Katrina (too depressing), but I'm interested to read about it from the perspective of a young girl and told in a way that young readers will be able to relate.

What are you waiting on this week? Any POC releases?