Ti år gamle Deja starter femte klasse på en ny skole. Tingene er hårde derhjemme: Pop er altid syg og ked af det, Ma er altid på arbejde, og Deja passer altid på sin lillebror og søster, mens Pop sover. Hendes familie har været hjemløs i et stykke tid nu og boede i et værelse på det nedslidte hjemløshjem i Avalon. Hendes nye skole er anderledes end andre steder Deja har været, og den uddannelse i nyere historie, som Deja modtager, vil ændre hendes liv og hendes venners og familieliv for altid.
Eleverne vil illustrere virkningen af 9/11 på karaktererne i Towers Falling.
Pop and Ma
How are you feeling today, honey?
I have a headache.
Deja's family has struggled financially for years because of her father’s inability to work due to the emotional and physical impact that 9/11 left on him. Because of this, Deja’s mother is always at work and she must take care of her younger siblings.
Pop was in the North Tower when it collapsed. He lost friends and colleagues, and feels tremendous guilt over surviving. He has headaches and breathing problems, and is often too down to leave bed. Ma worries about him and works long hours to support the family.
Miss Garcia was in fifth grade in Manhattan on September 11th when the planes hit the towers. Her mother rushed to pick her up. She saw it first hand, and that is most likely why she is so passionate about teaching it.
Ben’s father is in the military and fought in Afghanistan after September 11th. The experience changed him. His parents are now divorced and Ben rarely sees his father.
Sabeen’s family is Muslim. They have experienced a lot of prejudiced and judgement since September 11th.