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Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Towers Falling (2016)

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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The lead character is a ten year old girl named Deja who starts her 5th grade year in a new school while living in a homeless shelter with her father, mother and two younger siblings. We know something is "wrong" with her father by Deja's descriptions of his nightmares and lack of interaction with her and the rest of the family. As an assignment, Deja and her assignment partners must research the twin towers falling and the events of 9/11 but to Deja this is "history" in the sense that it happened so long ago - i.e. before she was born (in the a story it is 15 years ago) so why should she care? How does something like this affect her, especially when she has her own familial problems to worry about. One of the interesting aspects of this book is one of Deja's partners is Muslim and this adds an interesting complication to the story. Through this assignment and her homeroom and 5th grade teacher Deja examines her own family, what a community is and what healing is and how it takes place.
  lummigirl | Jul 19, 2018 |
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.
  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
Towers falling is a fiction book based upon the true and historical tragedy of September 11. This book is told through the eyes of a young girl who is learning about 9/11 in class and is left with many questions. The more questions that she is left to uncover the more she begins to see how much this event has shaped life today. This story helps tell about young people who weren't alive to witness this moment in history but understand how much it has shaped their daily lives today. ( )
  Kailynevans | Nov 14, 2017 |
This historical fiction is told from the point of view of Deja, a ten year old girl that lives in a homeless shelter with her family in Brooklyn. She attends 5th grade at a new school, which is where she meets two friends, Sabeen and Ben. Together, they work to discover details about the events that occurred on 9/11, which is inspired by the interdisciplinary unit on 9/11 that their school is providing. As the story unfolds, Deja realizes how she is connected to 9/11 and the impact that it had on her father, which explains the way that he acts. Overall, this is a great story and way for students to learn about 9/11 and the way that it affected our society. I would recommend this book to upper elementary students or older. The content is heavy, such as 9/11, homelessness, and PTSD, which may be startling to younger readers. Teachers could implement a close reading of the text within this book in order to highlight certain content and get students to link critically and make connections with the text. Teachers could also encourage critical literacy by prompting discussions about the social issues mentioned within the text. ( )
  TiffanySpanos | Nov 14, 2017 |
This fiction novel follows three fifth graders; Deja, Ben, and Sabeen as they learn about the twin towers collapsing on 9/11/2001. This book can be paired with a non-fiction book such as "September 11 then and now" when having students read. This is a good book to have this generation of children understand the impact that 9/11 had on the United States. ( )
  JalisaLouis | Oct 31, 2017 |
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This land is your land.
This land is my land.

From California to the New York island...
--Woody Guthrie, "This Land Is Your Land"
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Dedicated to all who were lost and all who survived
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Pop groans. He's having bad dreams again.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316262226, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 14 Dec 2015 22:06:44 -0500)

"While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world"--

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