Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

October 13th, 2017 by

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker RhodesSubmitted by Taylor, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

It is very emotional I love Ben Sabeen and Deja it is the best book I have read about the towers because it is informational and inspirational

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

January 12th, 2017 by

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker RhodesSubmitted by Madison, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★☆

This book was a fun book to read! My favorite character was Dèja because she learned that even if your poor, you can still have everything you need! Your family! This book is easy and anyone can read it.

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

January 10th, 2017 by

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Submitted by Pat, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This story is about a girl named deja that lives in New York City but know nothing about 9/11 this is awash book anyone can read and probably will love it

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

January 10th, 2017 by

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker RhodesSubmitted by Samuel, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Towers Falling is an amazing book to read and the book is about a girl that moved from Arizona to Brooklyn.But she doesn’t know what happened to the twin towers falling so she sees a video of the plane crash in the two towers

Towers Falling: Book Review

September 11th, 2016 by

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker RhodesIf you’re a regular Kidmomo reader, then you probably weren’t yet alive on September 11th, 2001. I was, but I wasn’t living in New York yet. (I moved here the following June.) Even so, it was a very difficult day. And a confusing day; we didn’t even know what was happening as it happened. I remember a friend told me at breakfast, “A plane just flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings in New York.” In that moment, we didn’t know why and we didn’t know how. I had no idea what it meant for people in Lower Manhattan that morning, nor what that day would come to mean for us all.

In Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhodes, the main character also experiences a lot of confusion as she learns about what happened that day. It’s years later, so there’s tons of info out there, but Deja has never been exposed to the details and she wasn’t alive herself to experience any of it.

Instead, she’s had to focus on the challenges in her own life. Like the fact that her dad is always sick and can’t work. Like their struggles living in a homeless shelter. Like always having to take care of her younger siblings. Like starting a new school where she’s sure no one will like her.

But at the new school, Deja does find some friends. And together, they try to piece together everything that happened on that fateful day in September. Partly they do it for school because it’s what they’re studying. But partly, they do it for themselves. And partly, Deja does it for her family — because it turns out that that her dad desperately wants her NOT to learn about the details of that day. But how can their family be whole and happy if he is keeping something secret about 9/11? Deja is determined to find out.

If you yourself don’t know a lot about September 11th or if you’re not sure if you’re ready for this book, definitely talk to a parent, a teacher, or another trusted adult in your life. In Towers Falling, Deja and her friends see some things they wish they could un-see, and I don’t want you to wish you could un-read this book. But once you’re ready, I highly recommend you check it out. Towers Falling is not just about 9/11; it’s also about how we define our community and how we support and connect with the people we care about.

— Karen

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Review copy of the book provided by the publisher.

Sugar: Book Review

June 4th, 2013 by

sugar-jewell-parker-rhodesNormally, Nancy’s into historial fiction and I’m not so much, but when I got a copy of Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes, I dove in right away — and no, all you doubters, it wasn’t just because I love sweet snacks. Hardy har har.

First off, we got a recent review from Kayleigh, Age 11, for Ninth Ward, also by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Kayleigh liked that book so much, I figured Sugar would probably also be good.

And Sugar takes place during a time in US history that I find really interesting: Reconstruction, right after the Civil War.

Sugar is an orphan who’s no longer a slave, but she still works on the same plantation because it’s the only life she’s ever known and she doesn’t have any way to go north on her own. Things start to look better when she makes friends with the group of Chinese immigrants who arrive at the plantation to join in the work, but the rest of the workers aren’t so happy about this and they’re the ones who have known and cared for Sugar all her life.

Sugar’s caught in the middle — between the Chinese and her stand-in family, between slavery and freedom, between the harsh past and the hopeful future she longs for.

This book isn’t just about the two groups of plantation workers separated by race, it’s about a turning point in American history — and one very rambunctious and spirited girl. Definitely check out Sugar if you’re interested in this time period!

Have you read Sugar already, or Ninth Ward? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

— Karen

In this book, some of the characters play a game that seems to be Chinese Checkers. Karen used to play while growing up, but hasn’t given it a try in years. Who’s up for a match?

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Review copy of book provided by the publisher.

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

May 17th, 2013 by

ninth-ward[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 10 and up. If you want to give your parents more info on this book, send them here.]

Submitted by Kayleigh, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

The book Ninth Ward by: Jewell Parker Rhodes is a great book! This amazing book takes place during huricane Katrina. Lanesha almost died when she was a newborn baby, her mom died having Lanesha. Lanesha did not die because Mama Ya-Ya saved her. During the hurricane Lanesha bonds with a young boy TaShon and the dog, spot. I like the part when Lanesha stands up for TaShon. if you like adventure books you will love this book!