Every middle school kid today was born "after." The World Trade Center collapse is part of their history, but it is also part of their nation's, their family's, present. Jewell Parker Rhodes has written the story of three of these post-9/11 kids and shown how we are all linked--black, white, rich, poor, young, old, sick, healthy, muslim, christian--through our home nation. But this is not just a 9/11 novel. It is a mirror novel and a window novel and a door novel. In a word, an "important" novel that we should all share with our American "family.”
— Summer, Laurel Village
Again, another needed book. At the same time a reminder and a definition of what home, country, and history means.
— Taylor, Books Inc. Laurel Village
From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, 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, Deja 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