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Nine, Ten : A September 11 Story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin


Overview - From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how that day impacted the lives of four middle schoolers.

Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day--until a plane struck the World Trade Center.  Read more...


 
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Overview
From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how that day impacted the lives of four middle schoolers.

Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day--until a plane struck the World Trade Center.

But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will's father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Naheed has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she's getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Aimee is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business.

These four don't know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day--the day our world changed forever.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442485068
  • ISBN-10: 144248506X
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 208
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 21st Century
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Violence

 
BookPage Reviews

A day that changed everything

BookPage Children's Top Pick, July 2016

Nora Raleigh Baskin’s latest novel focuses on how four young teens turn tragedy into hope after the events of September 11, 2001.

Two days prior to the events of 9/11, four random middle schoolers lead very different lives: Will is white and lives in Pennsylvania; Sergio is black and lives in New York; Aimee is Jewish and recently moved to California; and Naheed is Muslim and lives in Ohio. Will, Sergio, Aimee and Naheed are all dealing with personal and familial issues, and they are unaware that the next 48 hours will totally alter their perspectives on life and provide an opportunity for them to stand up for what is right.

It’s not difficult for adults to recall what life was like before and after 9/11, as well as where they were or what they were doing when Flight 11 flew directly into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. But as Baskin states, “For young students today there is no ‘before 9/11.’ ” With Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, Baskin offers middle grade readers a small glimpse of how the world suddenly changed on that fateful day. Parallel narratives with journal entry chapter headings and the use of shifting, profound scenes during the events of 9/11 keep Baskin’s plot constantly moving. The result is an absolutely stunning read.

 

This article was originally published in the July 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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