The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

by Heidi W. Durrow

Debbie Weiss: This book is the story of Rachel Morse, a young girl born to a white Danish mother and a black American GI dad. At 11 years of age, her mother, brother, sister and she fall from the roof of their apartment building in Chicago. Rachel is the sole survivor and goes to live with her paternal grandmother in Portland.

The story is based on a true story and brings to the surface many issues that desperate parents face regarding their children. Throughout the book chapters give hints of what really happened on the rooftop in Chicago --- and why it happened. Rachel is intelligent, light-skinned with her mother's blue eyes. Another line of the story is seeing how she adjusts to living in a black world after being raised by a white mother. The characters are all interesting and multifaceted. Aunt Loretta is a role model for Rachel and Brick is a young man who actually witnessed the terrible event in Chicago and holds many secrets that Rachel needs to know. Then there is the question of where is Rachel's GI father in all of this? Although this may seem like a dark, depressing story, I didn't feel that it was and I enjoyed this book a lot and looked forward to continuing my read every time I had to put it down.
Rating: ****

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