In what city does Lanesha live?
Lanesha lives in New Orleans.
In what part of the city does Lanesha live?
Lanesha lives in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.
With whom does Lanesha live?
Lanesha lives with Mama YaYa.
Why doesn's Lanesha live with her mother?
Lanesha's mother died when she was born.
Why doesn't Lanesha live with relatives?
Her relatives didn't want her because she was different.
What can Lanesha see that most other people cannot?
Lanesha can see ghosts.
What do Lanesha and TaShon have in common?
They are both teased at school. They both live in the same neighborhood. They were both delivered by Mama Ya-Ya when they were born.
What subject in school is Lanesha very good at?
Lanesha's teacher says Lanesha could be this when she grows up. What is it?
Lanesha could be an engineer.
What would Lanesha like to build, if she were an engineer?
Lanesha would build bridges.
How did Spot come to belong to TaShon and Lanesha?
TaShon, some bullies, and Spot were in an alley. The bullies kicked Spot. Spot tried to help TaShon when the bullies punched him. TaShon loved the dog.
Whose ghost lives in Mama Ya-Ya's house?
What can Spot see that most dogs cannot?
He sees the ghosts.
Mama Ya-Ya has a dream that disturbs her. What did she dream about?
She dreamed about a big storm. Everyone was preparing for the storm, and then the dream goes black.
What does Lanesha like to draw pictures of?
She draws bridges.
What did Mama Ya-ya buy for Lanesha? She paid $3.00 a month for 3 years?
A set of encyclopedias.
How is Lanesha's school preparing for the storm?
School is closing. Teachers are packing up and leaving.
What does Miss Johnson give to Lanesha to use during the time school is closed?
She gives her the teacher's edition of the 7th grade pre-Algebra book.
Why doesn't Spot live with TaShon?
TaShon's mother says they cannot afford to feed another mouth. She will send the dog away.
The mayor of New Orleans announces a Mandatory Evacuation. What does that mean?
Mandatory evacuation means everyone must leave New Orleans for the storm.
Why does Lanesha not get ready to leave New Orleans?
She and Mama Ya-Ya have no way to leave.
Where are TaShon and his dad going for safety during the storm?
They are going to the Superdome.
How does Mama Ya-Ya behave as the storm gets closer?
Mama Ya-Ya is frightened. She doesn't talk much. She doesn't understand her dreams. She tries to sleep and dream some more.
When Lanesha's neighbors have all evacuated, Lanesha does not feel alone. Why not?
She sees lots of ghosts.
Where in the house do Lanesha, Mama Ya-Ya and Spot go for safety during Hurricane Katrina?
They go to the bathtub.
Why does Mama Ya-Ya tell Lanesha she has been staying alive for?
She has been staying alive until Lanesha could take care of herself.
What did Hurricane Katrina prove to Mama Ya-Ya?
The hurricane proved that Lanesha could take care of herself.
Why did TaShon leave the SuperDome?
Tashon got separated from his parents and could not find them.
How did TaShon get back to the Ninth Ward when he left the Super Dome?
TaShon walked until a lady gave him a ride.
Who waits for Lanesha at school every day?
Ghost of Jermaine
What color are Lanesha's eyes?
Where does Lanesha hide when she is teased?
Who did Eddie, Lavon, and Max pick on?
What colors are the houses in Lanesha's neighborhood?
What hurricane hits the Ninth Ward?
How is MamaYaya related to Lanesha?
She is not blood-related but she raised her.
Where do Lanesha, Mama Yaya and Spot go when the storm hits?
What scares Mama Yaya?
Who frees Lanesha from the swirling water?
What does Mama Yaya give Lanesha the day of the flood?
a necklace Charles had given her
How do Lanesha, Spot and Tashon escape the attic?
Lanesha uses an axe to chop out the attic window and they climb out onto the roof.
What sad event happens in the attic?
Mama Yaya dies.
Who is the author of Ninth Ward?
Jewel Parker Rhodes
Why is breakfast Lanesha's favorite time of day?
She and Mama Yaya talk about regular, everyday stuff
What food did Lanesha and Mama Yaya always have on Lanesha's birthday?
What type of pictures did Lanesha have on her wall?
Puzzle pictures. She glued the pieces of puzzles together after she finished a puzzle and hung them on her wall.
What did Lanesha think building a bridge was like?
Fitting the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle. Lanesha said she would build beautiful bridges, strong and delicate as butterflies.
What did Mama Yaya say in response the the Mayor's mandatory evacuation command?
How can it be mandatory if they don't have a way to leave?
What was the name of the previous hurricane that had torn up New Orleans in the past?
On what day of the week did Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans?