Towers Falling (Hardcover)
It’s been quite some time since Dèja lived in a happy and comfortable home. Ma works long hours, Pop suffers from a sickness Dèja does not understand, and the whole family lives in a homeless shelter. When her fifth grade teachers start talking about two towers missing from the New York skyline, Dèja asks why she should care about something that happened before she was born. But when Pop becomes angry at the mere mention of the towers, Dèja guesses that they might have something to do with his illness, and she starts to wonder if history ever really stays in the past.— From Alex
From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.
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. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?
Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren't alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.
About the Author
Jewell Parker Rhodes is an award-winning writer and acclaimed educator and speaker. She is the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, and Bayou Magic. She has also written many award-winning books for adults
Praise for Towers Falling:
"History made personal--and what a person! Deja's voice is real and memorable, her compelling story one of hope unmarred by sentimentality."
—Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author
"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. "
"This is a welcome contribution to children's literature."—School Library Journal
"Rhodes approaches a complex, painful topic with insight and grace, providing context to an event distant to the book's audience."