All We Have Left

index-2A very touching young adult novel by Wendy Mills, All We Have Left explores the themes of racism, fear and bravery in a story about the events of 9/11. Written in two voices, the first belongs to Alia, a 16 year- old Muslim girl and talented artist who dreams of writing a graphic novel. The other voice is Jesse’s, a white girl of 17, writing in present day New York. Their lives are intertwined, as Jesse later discovers in her search for answers as to why her brother Travis died in one of the Towers on 9/11. What was he doing there, instead of at her grandfather’s funeral ceremony? Both girls feel misunderstood by their parents; Jesse falls in with a tough crowd and Alia’s explanations for her problems in school fall on deaf ears. A beautiful portrayal of love and bravery, that you won’t want to miss. I would recommend it for mature 8th grade and older readers.

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