Recommended for Readers
in Grades 5 and up
2011 - Coretta Scott King Honor Award
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, and a district of New Orleans called the Ninth Ward was completely flooded. Many residents were unable to leave their homes before the storm hit. Lanesha's story is fictional--she is a girl who loves school and reading and Mama Ya-Ya, who took her in after her mother died. When Hurricane Katrina hits, Lanesha has to figure out how to survive, and how to say goodbye to the life she's always known.
This book is an interesting look at one girl's story about life in New Orleans before and after Katrina, and it's distinctive from realistic fiction works set in fairly generic places.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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