Towers Falling Lib/E

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Little, Brown Young Readers
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6.6 X 6.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.01 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Season, Moon, and Hurricane, as well as the memoir Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness, and two writing guides, Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction. Jewell is also the author of seven books for youth including the New York Times bestsellers Ghost Boys and Black Brother, Black Brother. She has won the American Book Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, and the Jane Addams Peace Association Book Award. Jewell is the Founding Artistic Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Narrative Studies Professor and Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair at Arizona State University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Carnegie-Mellon University. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


History made personal-and what a person! Deja's voice is real and memorable, her compelling story one of hope unmarred by sentimentality.

-- "Linda Sue Park, New York Times bestselling author"

Rhodes doesn't assume her readers know the magnitude of 9/11; she walks them tenderly through it...In Deja, Rhodes offers a believable portrayal of the kid who feels as if she's always giving the wrong answers in class, leading to sulking and outbursts.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Rhodes approaches a complex, painful topic with insight and grace, providing context to an event distant to the book's audience.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

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"

Rhodes' new novel offers a way to discuss the events of 9/11 with children too young to remember this pivotal event. ...This is a welcome contribution to children's literature, on a topic not many authors have broached for this age group, and it will function well as a teaching tool. It reads easily and offers educators the opportunity to not only address the events of September 11 from a historical perspective but also from a social one. Themes include community, diversity, and socioeconomic disparities.

-- "School Library Journal"

Jewell Parker Rhodes expresses Deja's strong feelings eloquently in her book.

-- "AudioFile"