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Jewell Parker Rhodes: Lanesha’s Lemonade

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010), 224 pages, Grades 5-8 Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orlean’s Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, […]

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Lanesha’s Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010), 224 pages, Grades 5-8 Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orlean’s Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely […]

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Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Indian Fry Bread

Look Both Ways by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Penguin/Razorbill, March, 2009), 256 pages, Grades 7 and Up Look Both Ways continues the story of Mallory and Merry, begun in the first novel of The Midnight Twins trilogy. Mirror-image twins born a minute before and a minute after midnight on New Year’s Eve, they’re trapped in a near-fatal fire on the night they turn […]

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S.A. Bodeen’s Snickers Bars

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (Feiwel and Friends, 2008), 256 pages, Grades 7 and Up For the past six years, fifteen-year-old Eli and his family have lived in an underground compound after a nuclear attack. His father built the compound to keep them safe. But now they can’t get out. He won’t let them. Should you ever be […]

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