Academic journal article Language Arts

Towers Falling

Academic journal article Language Arts

Towers Falling

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Towers Falling Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Illustrated by Andrea Vandergrift Little, Brown, 2016, 240 pp., ISBN 978-0-316-26222-4

Through the heartrending voice of Dèja, a fifthgrade girl, we encounter a child's struggles as she starts the school year in a new school while living in a shelter and striving to understand what the Twin Towers falling 15 years ago has to do with her today. As in her Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes takes a traumatic, American event and sensitively explores the impact on families, children, and communities. Middle grade readers may find that their own daily struggles to make trusting friends and to meet teachers' expectations are validated through Dèja's narrative, particularly through her essays that are featured throughout the novel. …

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