Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day--until a plane struck the World Trade Center. Read more...
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.
- ISBN-13: 9781442485068
- ISBN-10: 144248506X
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: June 2016
- Page Count: 208
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-25
- Reviewer: Staff
For a generation of readers born and raised after 9/11, Baskin (Ruby on the Outside) offers a powerful account of how the events changed lives. Her cast is made up of four middle-school students who briefly cross paths at Chicago’s bustling O’Hare Airport two days before the Twin Towers fall. Characters include Will, a Pennsylvania boy still grieving his father’s death; Aimee, settling into her new home in Los Angeles while her mother is on a business trip in New York City; Brooklyn native Sergio, who has just won a national math award; and Nadira, a Muslim girl from Ohio who is trying to fit in by not wearing her “beliefs on her sleeve.” Hours before the hijackings, the children are preoccupied with family and peers, but after learning about the terrorist attacks, all are deeply and personally touched in some way, their problems put in new perspective. There are no graphic displays of violence; Baskin focuses on how her characters emerge wiser, worldlier, and more sensitive to others’ pain after surviving a profound and tragic piece of history. Ages 8–12. Agency: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (June)
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.