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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set 15 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.

©2016 Jewell Parker Rhodes (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Rhodes approaches a complex, painful topic with insight and grace, providing context to an event distant to the book's audience." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a welcome contribution to children's literature." (School Library Journal)
"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)

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Amazing Story; Killer Narration

I read this book with my students to teach them about 9/11, characters, and social issues. This book was amazing and was loved by many of my students (including several of my reluctant readers). However, I was not able to listen to more than 5 minutes of this audio version as the narration voice was beyond annoying; it was like nails on a chalkboard. I can't say enough amazing things about this book, unfortunately the audio is not the same.

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powerful read

Great story. Tackles a tough topic in a totally appropriate way for the young adult reader!

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This book is hard to rate.

If you are picky about your narrator you may want to try a sample of this book first. Although the author reads it, I found her voice to be pretty grating and irritating.
However, the story makes up for the narrator. This story is really intense, especially as the book nears the climax and conclusion. I would recommend it to grades six and up.

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Narration is incredibly annoying

I have purchased many books that claim to have annoying voices in narration, and I have been fine with them all. This one however is intolerable. I can't make it to the end because the author is so whiny. I don't know if she is changing her voice to reflect a 10 year old girl from the story or what is going on, but it is to much!

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  • Brigid
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 01-19-17

Couldn't get past the narration

I had to stop listening to this book very early on because the narration was intolerable. I realize that the author was reading her own work, but I just couldn't take it. Her writing is good; narration not.

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Family. Home. Beautiful.

A great story about love, understanding, friendships and family. As well as a compassionate way for children to learn about 911.

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Jewel Parker Rhodes is AMAZING!

What made the experience of listening to Towers Falling the most enjoyable?

It was fascinating to think of what 9/11 means to NYC kids that weren't even alive 9/11/01.