- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 600 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sky Pony Press; Reprint edition (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1510712348
- ISBN-13: 978-1510712348
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
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- #4959 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship
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This story shows two things. It shows how so many people came together, and it also shows how some people let fear affect them. When prejudice rears its ugly head what lessons will each of the characters learn?
This is a book I will be reading with my students starting next week. I am so pleased to have had several sites recommend this as a must read book for middle grade classrooms.
"I glance at Sam one last time, remembering when he and I conquered ants in the sandbox and took over enemy territories up and down our street. It doesn't seem that long ago, really. I know Sam and I are way too old to play soldiers anymore, but even if we did, I'm not sure we'd still be on the same side."
I highly recommend this book for young readers, parents, and teachers who want to learn about 9/11 not through a factual account but through the power of story.
I felt connected to the story in at least four ways. 1) I am a trail runner. I get it when Jake complains about cross-country running: "All the tree branches and roots are like landmines." I have the skinned knees and bruises to show for it. 2) The 9-11 attacks correspond to a seminal moment in my life. I was on my way to the airport that morning... I sat and watched the news coverage as I clutched my luggage, happy to have not been in the air. The rest of that week felt like we were all waiting to exhale. 3) Dust in the Wind is one of my favorite songs. (You'll have to read the story to find out what that has to do with anything...) 4) We continue to struggle with differences between people in this world, a key theme in the book. Rushing to judgement is portrayed in a very negative light, especially appropriate in today's cell-phone-video, social-media courtroom.
The characters feel real. They make good choices. They make stupid choices. There are consequences for behavior. Friends and family are not abandoned when they take a bad turn. Life isn't always fair.
-1 star for a quick, too-neat ending, a few implausible events, and a mysterious neighbor's eerie familiarity with the main character that is not adequately explained.
I hope the intended audience will like this book. There are good lessons for young and old alike