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.
Jewell Parker Rhodes is a professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and is affiliated with the Department of English at Arizona State University.
Praise for this book
History made personal — and what a person! Dèja's voice is real and memorable, her compelling story one of hope unmarred by sentimentality.Linda Sue Park Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author