Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Deja isn't your average 5th grader - living with her two siblings and parents in a homeless shelter, she starts her new school in fear of what others will think of her. Yet what starts out as a year of dreading school, of going "home", of her father's sickness, becomes a journey of discovery. With the help of her new friends, Ben and Sabeen, Deja begins to learn what it means to be American, to be a community, and even why everyone seems so obsessed with 9/11. To her, the towers falling are ancient history (before she was even born), but why does her father get so upset when it's mentioned? And why does every school project come back to the towers?
This approachable story of resilience and recent history is powerful in its exploration of a generation that has lived with the aftermath, but not the event itself.
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