Towers Falling
ISBN: 0316262226
EAN13: 9780316262224
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 12, 2016
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.6" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes 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, D ja 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.

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5
   Outstanding
Absolutely an excellent treatment of a difficult theme. The author deals with so many serious questions in this book, why history is important, how poverty hurts on so many levels, how what we don 't know can hurt us and others, by using examples from the daily life of the adolescent protagonists to make them relevant. I recommend this book highly to every English history teacher. Jewell Parker Rhodes has a true gift for teaching, writing and relating what teenagers really think and feel.
 
3
   Great book about being a homeless kid; 9/11 plot less compelling
I think the idea of this book is very important. '' The plot has three characters, all different from each other, in a class that learns about 911. The book is realistically capturing what it is like to try to understand what happened and what the sea change is like in the world that followed. The characters, especially the two girls, are very drawn and well-likeable. But as a kid, it is not a little slow-paced. I can 't see my nine-year-old being very far in this before moving on to another book. For a kid who knows nothing about 911, there is not enough suspense and drama to get the pages turning. There is a bit of a mystery with the father that motivates the central character, but the mystery doesn 't even appear until late in the book. The main character's family is homeless, and I think that the author does an amazing job of showing what life is like for a homeless student. This part seems more than the 911 part to me.
 
5
   Important Read to Contexualize 9/11 for Students
On the 15th anniversary of the tragedy, Deja's 5th grade teacher presents some lessons on the history of that date. Somehow, Deja is the only student who has never heard of 911 and yet she will find that she is the only student in her class who has a personal connection to that date. Sabeen has created a story of friendship and compassion as she introduces us to Jewell Parker Rhodes and her two friends Deja and Ben who band together to try to understand why recent history is important and relevant and how it can affect our lives today. I think this is an important read for students who are not alive on that date and try to understand why it is so important for our nation's history.
 
5
   Excellent book. Highly recommend
Book is excellent. Really shows the reader different long-term effects of 911, helping to see situations are more than meets the eye. We do a lot to remember 911 in my class, but still felt that the 4th graders weren’t quite ready for it.
 
3
   Meh.
Reading for the rising 7th grader is required. My daughter did not enjoy this book and does not recommend it for leisure reading.
 
5
   When you can clearly remember the day it happened
It is challenging to understand that there are those who do not share the experience. There is great sensitivity given to the theme and great respect given to all whose lives were stamped indelibly by the tragedy.
 
3
   Important subject
While the theme is interesting and the story is potentially important, this book fails for me. It seems to be superficial and told lightly. The characters are not fully developed and the didactic parts told as classroom interchanges are stiff. I would like to hear the story of my father more fully.
 
5
   Good book for teachers teaching 9/11
An inspiring child, frustrated and annoyed by her broken parents, protecting her from knowing what happened before she was born --Interestingly, exploring a traumatic truth for a school study becomes a graceful healing through a child's learning of the immediacy and importance of history and connections --all told from her point of view. A wonderful story for children to read when studying 911 is to learn about the struggles that children have when adults overprotect. Goodnight James Kudos to Joyce Parker Rhodes for another story well-spun.
 
4
   School project
My daughters 5th grade teacher assigned this book for the project. Ordered it for her arrived a little late to take a while, but overall, okay.
 
5
   Timely discussion
This story is moving, inspiring and poignant.
 
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