All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
On September 11, 2001, Alia is dealing with having disappointed her parents and her inability to tell them how much her art means to her, as well as having made the choice to start wearing the hijab. When she goes to World Trade Center to try to talk to her father about it, the whole world falls apart. In 2016, Jesse struggles to find her place in a family broken apart when her brother died on 9/11. Her mother is mostly absent and her father is angry all the time. When is caught painting a racial slur on the Islam Peace Center in her hometown, she finally realizes she has the choice to follow her father’s prejudice or find her own peace.
Told in alternating chapters, the story starts off a little rocky, but soon settles into a breathtaking, heart-pounding race to discover truths of all sorts. Recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.
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