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Towers Falling (Hardcover)

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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 comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural shift.

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 the author of Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King honor book, Sugar, winner of the Jane Adams Peace Association book award, Bayou Magic, and Towers Falling. She has also written many award-winning books for adults.

Praise For…

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. "
Kirkus Reviews

"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."
Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316262224
ISBN-10: 0316262226
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English