Review: Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Tells About the Day The World Changed

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Have you ever heard of the terrorist attacks of 9/11? I have. I was scared and sad at the same time when I was reading about it. Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of nine, ten: A September 11 Story and her book explains what happened on 9/9, 9/10 and 9/11.

In the book, four middle school kids (Sergio, Will, Naheed, Aimee) are living in four different places in the country. They don’t know each other, but their lives are pretty much the same even though they are different. Sergio is black, Will is white, Naheed is Muslim and Aimee is Jewish. All of them were affected by 9/11 terrorist attacks, but in different ways.

“It was a perfect day,” the author wrote. “Until 8:46 a.m., when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.”

I still can’t believe people crashed planes to kill people. I thought that was evil and dumb. It is wrong to hate people just because they are in a country you don’t like. I wish people would just do peaceful protests or find different ways to work out their problems.

This book was very descriptive, which made it really good. Sometimes while reading the book, I was thinking I was actually there, which was scary. I also liked this book because it was historical fiction, my favorite genre.

I recommend this book for kids who like books that switch off between characters. This book switched off between four characters in third-person. That was cool, so you could experience what each of the characters were experiencing.

This is definitely a book you want to read with your parents or talk to them about it if you’re a kid. There is a list of questions in the back of the book to help parents and kids talk about 9/11.

It gets 4 out of 4 roses.

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  1. What a great concept to examine how that day affected different kids. Did the book talk at all about what happened to them after 9-11? Did you talk with your parents about their experiences that day and afterwards?

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    1. The book had a chapter that showed the kids a year after 9/11. And I did talk to my parents about that day. My Mom told me she was working when it happened and she also told me that a lot of things changed afterwards. One of the things she misses is being able to go sit with friends at the airport before a flight, even if she didn’t have a ticket to fly. She said airport rules are very different now. She also told me it was Daddy’s first day of work at the Free Press. That was a hectic day for journalists!

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