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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
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Read on March 18, 2010

The Girl who Fell from the Sky is told from the points of view of three characters, each of whom were affected by a tragedy that occurs at the beginning of the book.

The first is Rachel, the daughter of Nella, a Danish woman and Roger, an African American man. Rachel is only a child when she, her mother, and her younger brother and sister fall from the roof their apartment building. Rachel is the only survivor.

Jamie lives in that apartment building, and when he sees Rachel’s brother Robbie fall outside of his apartment window, he thinks he is seeing a giant bird and goes out to the courtyard to investigate. He is the first person to see the bodies.

Laronne is Nella’s boss at the library where she works. After Nella’s death, she can’t shake the feeling that Nella’s boyfriend Doug had been on the roof that day. Did Nella murder her children and kill herself or was someone else responsible for their deaths?

Once she recovers, Rachel’s grandmother, her father’s mother, comes to take her to live with her in Portland. Rachel’s grandmother lives in a predominately African American community where Rachel gets both positive and negative attention because of her light skin and blue eyes. For the first time, Rachel begins thinking about her own identity and whether or not she must be defined by the color of her skin.
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