Jewell Parker Rhodes



Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Towers Falling; Bayou Magic, a Booklist Best Multi-Cultural Books for Youth selection; Ninth Ward, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and Sugar, a Jane Addams Peace Association Children’s Book Award winner. She has also written many award-winning books for adults. Rhodes lives with her family in Arizona. Visit her online at



1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Library of Louisiana, Seminar Center
Book Talk
Towers Falling

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
B&N Jr. Tent
Book Signing

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
State Capitol, House Chamber
Creative Diversity: The Power of Art, Personal Choice, and Bearing Witness


Towers Falling

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

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, Deja 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..


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