BY JEWELL PARKER RHODES
Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans's 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 she does have 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.
Little, Brown 2012 217 PP. Paper