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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by [Baskin, Nora Raleigh]
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Length: 209 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 4–6—Four children from different parts of America go about their lives just days before the events of 9/11. Nadira is a Muslim girl struggling to balance her commitment to religious customs with her desire to fit in with the public school culture of Columbus, OH. Sergio lives in a low-income area with his grandmother in Brooklyn. Aimee is at home in California, missing her mother, who is on a business trip to New York City. Finally, there's Will in Pennsylvania, who has recently lost his father. The novel slowly follows the children through their days, failing to ever build any kind of page-turning tension. When the events of September 11, 2001, do occur, Baskin successfully depicts the reality from the perspective of the four protagonists. This is the story's greatest strength. Because of the sensitivity of the topic and the lack of a baseline understanding among most students, this book is best used as an in-class, facilitated read. Jewel Parker Rhodes's recent novel, Towers Falling, is a more engaging title that serves a similar purpose. VERDICT Not highly recommended, because of the novel's sluggish pace, lack of engaging story line, and contrived ending.—Pilar Okeson, Washington D.C. Public Library

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* “Readers will have different reactions to the work depending on their ages and how much prior knowledge they bring to it. . . children may gain a small sense of the magnitude of the changes that day wrought on our world. Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

Fourchildren of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago'sO'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Sergio, an African-American boy, is about tofly home to New York City. Naheed, a Muslim-American girl, awaits the arrivalof relatives from Iran. Aimee, a white, Jewish girl, is on the way to a newhome in Los Angeles, where her mother has a new job with Cantor-Fitzgerald,while her mother is flying to New York City for a meeting at the World TradeCenter. Will, a white boy who has recently lost his father, is on the way hometo Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Baskin follows each of them over the 48 hoursprior to 9/11 and recounts their experiences on that day as well as theirparticipation in the first anniversary ceremonies. An author's note explainsher decisions to emphasize "the division between ‘before 9/11' and ‘after9/11' " for children who were not yet born then, to spare all hercharacters the loss of a loved one, and to depict the post-9/11 spirit ofcommunity that existed for at least a short time. Readers will have differentreactions to the work depending on their ages and how much prior knowledge theybring to it. Adults may be chilled by key names and places and what theyportend, but children may gain a small sense of the magnitude of the changesthat day wrought on our world. Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking.(author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14) (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW 4/1/16)

Four children from different parts of America go about their lives just days before the events of 9/11. Nadira is a Muslim girl struggling to balance her commitment to religious customs with her desire to fit in with the public school culture of Columbus, OH. Sergio lives in a low-income area with his grandmother in Brooklyn. Aimee is at home in California, missing her mother, who is on a business trip to New York City. Finally, there’s Will in Pennsylvania, who has recently lost his father. The novel slowly follows the children through their days, failing to ever build any kind of page-turning tension. When the events of September 11, 2001, do occur, Baskin successfully depicts the reality from the perspective of the four protagonists. This is the story’s greatest strength. Because of the sensitivity of the topic and the lack of a baseline understanding among most students, this book is best used as an in-class, facilitated read. Jewel Parker Rhodes’s recent novel, Towers Falling, is a more engaging title that serves a similar purpose. VERDICT Not highly recommended, because of the novel’s sluggish pace, lack of engaging story line, and contrived ending. (School Library Journal May 1, 2016)

* “A powerful account of how the events changed lives. . . . 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.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

For a generation of readers born and raised after 9/11, Baskin (Rubyon 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 atChicago’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 abusiness trip in New York City; Brooklyn native Sergio, who has just won anational math award; and Nadira, a Muslim girl from Ohio who is trying to fitin by not wearing her “beliefs on her sleeve.” Hours before the hijackings, thechildren are preoccupied with family and peers, but after learning about theterrorist attacks, all are deeply and personally touched in some way, theirproblems put in new perspective. There are no graphic displays of violence;Baskin focuses on how her characters emerge wiser, worldlier, and moresensitive to others’ pain after surviving a profound and tragic piece ofhistory. Ages 8–12. (Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW* April 25, 2016)


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  • File Size: 2402 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 28, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2016
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01675AGH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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