Nola Gals

Young Adult - Social Issues
212 Pages
Reviewed on 10/30/2015
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Author Biography

Barbara J. Rebbeck is a teacher and writing consultant. She is currently the writer-in-residence for the Beverly Hills Academy in Michigan. NOLA Gals is her first YA novel although adults love it, too. She has also adapted it as a play for middle and high school students to perform. She hopes for a premiere soon. Check out her website for lots of writing ideas. Barbara is available for school and group visits. When she is not writing and reading, she loves to travel, especially to London where she visits relatives and loves to go to the theatre. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her cat, Gracie who is named after Grace, one of the girls in her novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Nola Gals by Barbara J. Rebbeck is the story of two girls who are very different from each other, but they have a great influence on each other's lives. Essence LaFontaine lives with her mother, grandmother, and her younger sister Chardonnai in New Orleans. Things are not perfect, but they are good enough. Her grandmother loves them, but she is too stubborn for her own good. When all of their neighbors are planning their evacuation because of the Hurricane Katrina threat, her grandmother decides to stay behind. Essence and her little sister are rescued and taken to safety with the other victims, one of whom might be Essence's father.

Grace Woodson does not like school. When she is suspended from her school, she is taken to the refugee camp with her father and there she finds the will to write and she connects with these people. She starts to read her English class assignment, To Kill a Mockingbird, to the people in the camp. When Essence joins her school, things become very interesting. So very interesting that you will have to read it to find out more.

If there ever was a novel with a great moral behind it, it is Nola Gals. What I really love about this novel is that you cannot put it into an age group. It can be read by anyone belonging to any age group. I love it when a novel is this diverse. There is a strength behind these girls, an inner force that made them the center of attention. A great novel that should be available to everyone!