Towers Falling

Towers FallingTowers Falling
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Grades 4 & up

Deja’s father is sick. He hasn’t been able to hold down a job that Deja can remember. While Deja’s mother does the best she can, they were evicted from their apartment. After living in their car for a month, they find a place at a homeless shelter for families. The Avalon is not great, but it is in a better part of Brooklyn then they had lived in before, and Deja starts fifth grade at the best school she has ever gone to. Much to her surprise she is immediately befriended by Ben, who just moved to New York from Arizona, and Sabeen, whose family comes from Turkey. Since it is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the fifth graders are studying what happened in an integrated curriculum unit throughout their different classes. Deja had never heard of this event, but with the support of her new friends and her teachers, she begins to see how it impacted her own family, particularly her father. This well-crafted and compelling novel is a perfect introduction for a generation of children born after the towers fell. They will make the discovery along with Deja and see how history, both recent and ancient, continues to affect us all. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

ARC provided by publisher

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