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One Book One School 11/26-12/12

Reported by michelle_johnson@ipsd.org on 11/28/18

Still Middle School- One Book, One School 11/26 to 12/12

On November 26, Still Middle School will begin our One Book, One School reading program featuring Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. A portion of the novel will be read aloud each day over the next two weeks. Students will participate in various curricular activities and discussions based on the content of the novel. This book explores the theme of community, one of Still Middle School’s core values.

Towers Falling is a “story of resilience, hope, and finding yourself in a complicated world”. Written by award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, the novel is set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks and 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. Towers Falling explores the thought-provoking question of how kids born after 2001 can find meaning in events they have no personal memory of, but which still have a monumental impact on their families and communities. In the tradition of her revered body of middle grade work including Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic, once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a story that is at its heart about friendship, family, and finding your way in a complicated world.

As a culminating activity, Dr.Rhodes will be visiting Still Middle School on December 12th to speak to each of our grade levels about the writing process, as well as how she and other authors explore historical events through fictional novels. We look forward to our One Book, One School experience and hope it extends beyond the classroom.

Sincerely,
Jessica Conlon, LMC Director
Kimmer Cornish, Principal

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