Book Blast Giveaway:
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Grades 4 - 6
When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two 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 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. Such as, why does Pop get so angry whenever she brings up 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 learn how much it colors their everyday life.
As the fifteenth anniversary of September 11th nears, Towers Falling explores the thought-provoking question of how kids born after 2001 can find meaning in events they have no personal memory of, but which still have a monumental impact on their families, educators, and communities.
"Rhodes excels at shining a meaningful, if teacherly, light on tragedy -- as she did for Hurricane Katrina in
Ninth Ward (2010) -- and instructors and librarians will appreciate her sensitive but candid approach to the September 11 attacks, as well as her diverse cast of characters."
-Linda Sue Park,
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."
"Rhodes approaches a complex, painful topic with insight and grace, providing context to an event distant to the book's audience."
"Dèja is so fully credible a narrator -- prickly, skeptical, often combative, yet yearning to open her mind and heart to new experiences -- that following her social awakening is a joy."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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