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.
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For fifth grader Deja, it’s tough enough starting school in a new neighborhood. Projects about her home and family only highlight how different she is from her classmates. Does her teacher really want to essay about living in a shelter? When Miss Garcia suggests that all her assignments have something to do with the two towers missing from the skyline out their classroom windows, Deja is just confused.
She sets off of a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to figuring it all out–who she is, what it means to be American, and how her community can grow (and heal?)–she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry whenever she mentions the towers?
Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a story of resilience, hope, and finding yourself in a complicated world.
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