Towers Falling

Towers Falling

Book - 2016
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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?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316262224
0316262226
Call Number: jF RHOD
Characteristics: 228 p. : black & white ill. ; 20 cm

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FPL_Brandi Nov 11, 2019

Great book that helps introduce young readers to the events on September 11, 2001 and the effects on the community.

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The_Zookeeper
May 03, 2019

What a fantastic way to introduce such a tough subject to young ones.

ArapahoeKati Nov 29, 2018

I couldn't put this down. 9/11 is handled with grace and dignity. It's about so much more than 9/11 though: homelessness, critical thinking, racism and new friendships. Highly recommend.

teal_librarian May 14, 2018

As an adult, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this. But, I am so glad I did. The way the fictional school taught kids about 9/11 was great. It wasn't just about that but about what community means and how to define home and that America is made of many different kinds of people. Many parallel stories and back stories make this more than just about 9/11.

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jadynenoelle
Dec 30, 2016

I was able to read this book in one day, and thoroughly enjoyed it. As an education major, I hope to be able to incorporate this book in my curriculum one day. This book does a great job of emphasizing community, relationships, and their connections in a way that a child would be able to understand. It also does an amazing job of explaining the events and effects of 9/11, as many children who weren't born at the time are unaware of the event. Would definitely recommend this book to a student or parent.

LPL_IlkaI Sep 11, 2016

As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we need to take into account that there is a generation that is growing up with never having known otherwise. Relaying the information of an experience on that day must feel insurmountable for parents and educators alike. With Falling Towers, we are lead through a realistic, everyday existence by Deja, our protagonist. A young girl with hardships and struggles that someone at such a young age should not be made to face. Deja's believable voice, perspective is diverse and sorely needed in today's literature. Even as an adult, I was completely moved by this young girl's trials and journey. Falling Towers is an important resource in broaching a seemingly impossible subject with a young audience and I simply cannot recommend it enough.

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joywolf83
Aug 05, 2016

Wow. A must read. Most kids will pick this up probably not knowing about 9/11. Most parent will probably feel as her father: 'you're too young to know'. I thought the information was presented in a kind way that humanized the entire experience and makes it relatable. The author has a range of characters and that makes it easy to see everyone's side of things. I liked how accessible this mature topic was to a younger generation. Plus the cover is starkly beautiful.

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aj_proc
Sep 18, 2016

aj_proc thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

LPL_IlkaI Sep 11, 2016

LPL_IlkaI thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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