The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is by Heidi W. Durrow. Set in the 1980s, Rachel is the daughter of an African-American GI father and a Danish mother. She is the sole survivor of a rooftop fall that kills her mother and her siblings. She goes to live with her paternal grandmother and discovers that because of her light skin, blue eyes, and accent she is not black enough for the black community and too black for the white community to accept. Rachel must learn to deal with the tragedy of her past and her present identity. A painful, yet interesting, story of a girl whose tragic past affects her future and that of those around her. This book deals in a clear, yet tasteful way, with issues of drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, and racism. It also uses a racial term that may disconcert some, but which is necessary to further the story.
Ratings: Adult - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content) - V (violence).