Featured books by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Bayou Magic

Bayou Magic

By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Visiting her grandmother in Louisiana, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family’s magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic. See the two other two books in the Louisiana Girls Trilogy, Ninth Ward and Sugar.

Black Brother, Black Brother

Black Brother, Black Brother

By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Donte and his brother are biracial; their mother is Black, their father is white. They attend the same wealthy suburban school but have very different experiences there. Donte is dark-skinned but his brother appears white. How Donte gains a sense of sense of self and beats the bully at his own game is compelling and timely.

Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community. Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett takes Jerome on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life.

Ninth Ward

Ninth Ward

By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Orphaned at birth, Lanesha has second sight, giving her the ability to see her mother’s ghost. She also senses an impending storm which will devastate New Orleans and that her grandmother won’t survive. How Lanesha stays alive and the people she meets and helps along the way — plus a bit of magic realism — create a compelling read. See the two other two books in the Louisiana Girls Trilogy, Bayou Magic and Sugar.

Sugar

Sugar

By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Through the curious, joyful eyes of 10-year-old Sugar, readers experience life on a Louisiana sugar plantation after Emancipation. Issues arise when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. See the two other two books in the Louisiana Girls Trilogy, Ninth Ward and Bayou Magic.

Towers Falling

Towers Falling

By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Historical Fiction

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Dèja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. A story about young people who weren’t alive to witness 9/11, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

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