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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
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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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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 05-21-18

From an adults POV

My daughter bought this book to listen to the story, that she had read for a school book report. My take on the story, is it was a good story, just everything didn't fit. The 5th grade girl is written very youngish. she seems more like a 2nd grade then a 5th. There were parts of the story that just didn't fit with the plots. The story is a strong one with great meaning, just missing something.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Shannon on 10-22-17

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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