Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Girl Who Fell from the Sky

This haunting and beautifully written novel left me wondering if Rachel finds peace, happiness and herself. Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black soldier, becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. Her strict African American grandmother, who lives in a mostly black community, becomes her guardian. Rachel’s blue eyes, light-brown skin and beauty bring attention her way as she struggles with her identity. Durrow explores the issues of racial identity–like does a bi-racial child identity more strongly with one race or another? The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is a winner of the Bellwether Prize which recognizes fiction that addresses issues of social justice. I love a book when the author can generate a strong emotional feeling and this certainly did it for me.


The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Valerie O


This sounds like an incredibly interesting book, Valerie. The title alone captured me and your blog now has me putting the book on hold!
I have not read this book but it is something I intend to read in the near future.
I like social issues books. This one sounds like a "must read". I'm putting a hold on it right away.
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