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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Title

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Authors

Heidi W. Durrow

Publisher

Algonquin Books

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781616200152

Pages

264 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., moves into her grandmother's mostly black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Legal guardianship; Family member death; Biracial; Interracial; grandmother raising granddaughter; death of a mother; death of a brother; death of a sister; death of siblings; biracial child; interracial parents; mixed race

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

African American / Danish

Family Formation

grandmother

Awards

Alex Awards, 2011, Nominee, Teen
School Library Journal Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2010 Fiction

Keywords

identity; intergenerational relations; bullying; acceptance; Oregon; tragedy

Diversity Impact

direct

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky


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