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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Not a bad book about the days leading up to the September 11 attacks told from four points of view. But the adjective I would best use would be lackluster. The resolution was so contrived it was could be considered insulting. ( )
  geraldinefm | Mar 22, 2017 |
Some Folks remember where they were when Pearl Harbor was bombed, more, when John F. Kennedy was shot and many more, when America was attacked on September11, 2001. That was 15 years ago and a whole new generation wasn't present when any of this happened. Nora Baskin Raleigh has written a book this generation can relate to. She begins by describing the kind of world children were accustomed to living in only two days before the planes crashed into the towers.

The story follows the everyday lives of four families living their lives while not always perfect, but content. We are looking at the viewpoints of middle school students in different parts of the United States. One character named Will is from Pennsylvania and another character, Nadira, is a Muslim girl (born in the US) from Ohio. There is also Sergio from Brooklyn and Aimee who just moved to Los Angeles; however, Aimee’s mother is away on business in New York City. NINE, TEN gives the reader a taste of each character’s life before the planes hit. As expected, each middle schooler has their own problems and concerns at that particular point in their life --- worries about their love interests, their future, their parents’ relationship and even being bullied. It is a clear example of how no one saw the events of September 11th coming nor did they realize just how everything would change completely from that point on.

To me this is a new take on the tragedy that caused a change in the entirely new environment we live in today.
As the reader follows along the events of that fateful day for each student, they will feel so much anxiety for characters like Aimee, whose mom is on her way to a meeting in the World Trade Center; or Sergio, who worries about his new firefighter friend, Gideon; or Will, as he skips school that day; and finally Nadira, who wears her hijab every day to school. The drama builds and it is not until about the last third of the book before the terrorist attack begins. Initially people thought it a tragic accident until a few minutes later it happened again and America knew we were being attacked.

After the attacks, the book flashes forward to Patriot Day at Ground Zero, exactly one year later. Here the reader is re-introduced to each character. The reader is reunited with the concerns each character had in the days leading up to the events of 9/11. Their problems have diminished or disappeared altogether as each character’s thoughts are about Ground Zero.

I feel children who are unfamiliar with the tragedy will want to know more about what happened that day and how it drastically changed the environment we live in today. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
This is the story of four teens from different parts of the country. Amy’s mom has a new job in New York City. They have just moved to California. She doesn’t fit in with the girls there. The girls in her new school assume that the reason her mom has a job in New York, and she and her dad are in California is because her parents are splitting up. This causes all kinds of anxiety for her. Sergio lives with his grandmother. He hates the father who left him and his mom. Will is angry because his father died trying to help a man along the side of the road. He is more angry because he learns the man was already dead and in his mind his dad died for no reason. Nadira is a Muslim girl who is proud of the scarf she wears. However, at her new school she is beginning to feel uncomfortable when someone asks her about her scarf. Even though these kids don’t know each other they all have one thing in common, 9/11.

This is a must read book. You need to read it to see how each of their lives were changed on that day. Another great book to put on my shelves for my students. ( )
  skstiles612 | Sep 6, 2016 |
NINE, TEN: A SEPTEMBER 11 STORY by Nora Baskin tells the thought-provoking story of the widespread impact of the 9/11 tragedy.

Told through the eyes of four children living in different part of the United States, this fascinating middle grade novel examines the day leading up to September 11, 2001 and the aftermath. Reflecting different backgrounds, races, religions, and personal challenges, each child experiences the 9/11 tragedy in a distinct way. As the chapters alternate among characters, the author skillfully weaves the lives of these four youth into a larger story that reflect the nation’s reactions to this tragedy.

While other novels may explore characters who were directly impacted by 9/11, Baskin chose to focus on the larger impact of the event on ordinary, young citizens making the novel relevant to a children across North America.

Librarians will find this work of realistic fiction an excellent way to immerse middle grade readers in the events surrounding 9/11/2001. Pair it with the many works of nonfiction available on this historical event.

To learn more about the author, go to http://www.norabaskin.com/.

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon and Schuster on June 28, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher. ( )
  eduscapes | Sep 2, 2016 |
This is the story of four ordinary kids just prior to 9/11, how that historical event impacted them and how it brought them together in a unique way. One of the kids is a Muslim, so it was an insightful look at how members of that faith were treated by some Americans after it was learned who was behind these attacks. This book is filled with such insights, and while no one died in this story, it is obvious how deaths affected people worldwide from this story. This is a very appropriate and insightful look at this national tragedy for younger teens. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Aug 3, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 144248506X, Hardcover)

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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