First, I would like to thank author Joey Pinkney for working with me to put together this book review. He was so gracious in allowing me to pick a title from his catalog. Once I reached his author page, I immediately knew which book I wanted to review for this segment.
When it comes to the events and tragedies of 9/11, we often hear about the fallen heroes, widowed spouses and most of all the terrorists who were involved. But rarely have I personally seen news segments or articles or books of personal stories about the orphans in which the events of 9/11 created.
And reading this short story brought up a lot questions in my mind as to why this is so. Aren’t the children of lost parents voices just as important as a widow(er) or the family of one of the terrorists? In our society, to be parent-less puts you in a very vulnerable and often dangerous situation.
There are a plethora of cases about orphaned children living on the street or being abused in the foster care system. And the sad part is most of those children are being watched over by social service professionals who are either jaded by the same-old-stories or just there for a check. And sadly enough in the end, it’s the child who lose.
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Children in the City of the Fallen Towers follows the story of 12 year-old Mia Mendez and her older brother 17 year-old Carlos. Mia has just lost her mother who was an employee working in or around one of the twin towers and now she and Carlos have to live with her controlling and abusive abuela (grandmother).
Although Abuela Mendez provides Mia and Carlos with meals, shelter and safety, she also issues strict rules such as no turning the TV channel from the news and no leaving the small apartment located in the George Washington Carver Houses in East Harlem, under any circumstances. With the rules are the frequent and random beatings she gives both children.
Along with the loss of her mother and abuse from her abuela, Mia also struggles with a family secret Carlos reveals to her soon after her mother’s death. In the end, Mia and Carlos’ future remained uncertain and I appreciate Pinkney for ending the story parallel to reality. Because most orphaned children face uncertainty in their daily lives.
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