Towers Falling

  • by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Narrated by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

powerful read

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

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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- Renee M. Sheffield

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio