Carnegie Long-List 2011
In The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, Heidi Durrow brings a new spice to the old theme of racial issues. She adds a mystery surrounding a family and everyday problems to make the book more interesting for the reader. I was hooked into the book after a couple of chapters and it really is a thought-provoking novel. Here’s what its about:
The lone survivor of a family tragedy, Rachel is sent to live with her grandmother. With her startling blue eyes and coffee-colored skin, she brings attention to herself in a community where you’re either black or white. She learns to describe herself as black and act accordingly. But her past haunts her… Will she find out the truth? Read to find out!
Although I enjoyed this book very much, there is one thing that bothers me. All books are about decisions: good decisions, resolving bad decisions, turning bad decisions into good decisions… but I’m not sure that Rachel made the right one. Anyhow, I give it 8 stars and recommend it for ages 13+.