Sunday, August 19, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

  It's Monday, and that means it's time for us to tell you all about another wonderful Middle-Grade Book.  This meme was started by Ms. Shannon and she's gotten a lot of other bloggers to join in.  This is a great meme for discovering new books that are just for Middle-Graders.  Make sure you visit Ms. Shannon's blog for the list of all the bloggers.
           Marsh & Emiline

Emiline's Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday pick is Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

     I chose Ninth Ward as my MMGM because it has part of history--the history that's sewed into the brain of the brain of the country-- the history of Hurricane Katrina.  When my grandmother first introduced me to Ninth Ward, I remembered the spinning of the hurricane in the distance and I knew the book was going to be good.  And it is.
     This was a very emotional book and most of the time I was concerned for Lanesha.  I didn't want such a creative, beautiful mind to go to waste.  When I was reading, sweat was beading on my forehead.  A very terrible vision flooded into my head--the never ending line of cars and driving into New Orleans and seeing everything wrecked.  I was struck and I couldn't stop reading.
     The thing that brightened things up was the relationship between Lanesha and Mama Ya-Ya.  Because of them, this is a book about hope and friendships.  I recommend this book to every American.

     This MMGM is dedicated to the people who did not survive in the hurricane.  

I got this book from my grandmother, who is also my school librarian.  She recommended this book to me.  You can find Ninth Ward at your school or local library, or your favorite Indie Bookstore.

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  1. Wow! I had no idea that this book was out there! From your review it does sound like a book every American should read. I definitely plan to read it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for your review Emiline! I have a daughter your age and think she would really like this one. Thanks for sharing today!

  3. That's a very good review, Emiline. And it's kind of you to dedicate it to the people who didn't survive Hurricane Katrina. I also think it's cool that your grandmother is your school librarian!