Nine, Ten

Finished Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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. Nadira 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. Amy 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.”

This is such a powerful novel about September 11. It begins on September 9 and continues through 9/11, then has an epilogue a year later. 

The target audience either wasn’t alive or is too young to remember that day and this book serves to explain it to them, but does so in a very respectful way. There’s no way to really explain it to people but it helps. It’s also told through the eyes of a handful of kids in different locations, which also makes it easier to relate (you’re bound to be like one of them). 
I don’t think this is too intense or scary for anyone. It’s really good and I cried a little at the end.
Highly recommended. 


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