Towers Falling

Towers Falling

by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Author)

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who cannot remember the event but live through the aftermath of its cultural shift.
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, Dèja 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.

Towers Falling is a compelling novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes that vividly portrays the events of September 11th, 2001, through the eyes of a young Muslim girl named Dalia.

Set in New York City, the story follows Dalia as she experiences the tragedy firsthand, witnessing the collapse of the Twin Towers from her classroom window. The novel delves into the complexities of the post-9/11 world, exploring themes of identity, prejudice, and resilience.

As Dalia grapples with the aftermath of the attacks, she faces discrimination and suspicion due to her Muslim faith. She must navigate a world where her identity is suddenly seen through a different lens, while also struggling to come to terms with the loss of her beloved teacher, Mr. Johnson.

With grace and sensitivity, Rhodes captures the confusion, fear, and resilience of children caught in the crosshairs of history. Towers Falling is a powerful and thought-provoking story that sheds light on the profound impact of tragedy and the strength of the human spirit.

Suitable for young adult readers, Towers Falling offers a valuable perspective on one of the most significant events in modern history, making it a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the lasting effects of 9/11.


240 pages