Books by Jewell Parker Rhodes

GHOST BOYS by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely, challenging book that's worthy of a read, further discussion, and action. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a story that explicitly recalls the murder of Tamir Rice, Jerome, a 12-year-old black boy killed by a white Chicago cop, must, along with the ghosts of Emmett Till and others, process what has happened and how. Read full book review >
TOWERS FALLING by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: July 12, 2016

"This tender retelling of tragedy is a solid vessel to help young readers understand the gravity of 9/11 and how it touches all Americans, no matter where we come from. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dèja Barnes doesn't want to stand out at the integrated Brooklyn Collective Elementary, and she wishes her family could move out of the Avalon Family Residence into a home; despite her fears, Dèja tackles new friendships, a new teacher, and the mystery behind her father's deep sadness. Read full book review >
BAYOU MAGIC by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: May 12, 2015

"Adventure-seeking girls with a taste for mermaids need apply. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Infused with a whimsical sense of adventure, Rhodes' latest draws life from the mystical aura of the Louisiana bayou, braiding it with threads of environmental consciousness. Read full book review >
SUGAR by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: May 7, 2013

"A magical story of hope from Coretta Scott King Honor winner Rhodes. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Rhodes' book elegantly chronicles the hope of one 10-year-old girl seeking a bigger world in post-Civil War America. Read full book review >
HURRICANE by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: April 1, 2011

"Less sexy and more spooky than its predecessors, but a fine entry in a solid supernatural series."
Voodoo sorceress Marie Laveau gets into more black magic and menace in the Louisiana Bayou. Read full book review >
NINTH WARD by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: Aug. 16, 2010

"A good title for discussion when balanced with historical accounts of Katrina and her aftermath. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Born with a caul, 12-year-old Lanesha can see and sometimes communicate with spirits, and her guardian, former midwife Mama Ya-Ya, has dreams and visions that foretell the future. Read full book review >
YELLOW MOON by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: Aug. 19, 2008

"A spooky, sexy novel about things that go bump in the night."
A medicine woman with her feet in two worlds battles evil in present-day New Orleans. Read full book review >
DOUGLASS’ WOMEN by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"Rhodes (Voodoo Dreams, 1993, etc.) eloquently describes the women's shabby treatment, and yet the effect overall fails as a persuasive indictment of a man who never gets to make his own case."
A vivid evocation of the two women, one black, one white, who loved—and lost—abolitionist Frederick Douglass, in a tale that for all its good feminist intentions is more descriptive than insightful. Read full book review >
VOODOO DREAMS by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"All the ingredients of a bewitching read—atmosphere, adventure, mystery, and romance—as well as enough intellectual substance to give it a satisfying heft."
A gripping first novel that limns the life of African-American Marie Laveau, the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, with all the brooding intensity and latent menace of a summer's night on a lonely bayou. Read full book review >