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Dr Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Founding Artistic Director and Endowed Chair for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

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A CCBC Recommended Multicultural Book for Children and Teens

"Jewell Parker Rhodes has written a powerful novel about family and survival in the face of tragedy and has created in her twelve-year-old narrator Lanesha, a true heroine. [She] shows a kind of bravery and big-heartedness that is a gift she passes along to her friend, her community and the readers of this luminous book."--Walter Mosley
"A beautiful, moving, personal story. Unforgettable. I loved it."--Justine Larbalestier
"A girl with special powers awakens to the New Orleans around her in a story told with gritty poetry."--Richard Peck
"An absolutely exquisite children's debut by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Jewell's vivid writing brings the setting to life, in a story that is both timely and unforgettable."--Patricia Reilly Giff
"An enjoyable, satisfying novel about the magical spirit of a young girl navigating her way through an American tragedy."--Christopher Paul Curtis
"Another gem by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Two youngsters, friends forever, find a way to survive, to love, to begin again. Wow! What a legacy to pass along."--Nikki Giovanni
"Lanesha is a miraculous candle of a girl: her flame burns steadier in hurricane winds, and glows brighter against dark flood-waters. Jewell Parker Rhodes's book shines with love."--Sara Pennypacker

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