Sunday, July 31, 2016

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Towers Falling
This short story was written to explain to children who were not alive on 9/11 the significance of that day.  Deja is in 5th grade and is now living in a homeless shelter because her father, who she later learns was in one of the towers on 9/11 is suffering from a persistent cough and chronic depression and cannot keep a job.  Her school looks out on the area where the towers were and on 9/11 the students who had been at school there had watched the towers fall.  Now, on the year of the 15th anniversary of the towers falling, the school is covering a curriculum to explain what happened then so that the students will understand.  The story is well told and interesting and I think that teachers will want to use it in their classes.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

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