The past is never really gone, although it may be hidden— especially from young people. When Déja Barnes begins the fifth grade in her new Brooklyn school, she begins a journey of discovery and friendship. Déja’s authentic voice reveals how she and her family became homeless, and how she is only now learning of the tangible impact of 9/11 on her family, as she slowly accepts the friendships of classmates who have very different backgrounds. Jewell Parker Rhodes brings a difficult history and its continued influence into focus in Towers Falling (Little Brown, $16.99), an important journey for young people who were not yet born in 2001. Ages 9-12.
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