Sunday, July 31, 2016
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
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.