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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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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
* “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)
* “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)
“Baskin’s novel reminds readers that our lives are interconnected in ways we might never understand; by focusing on four young characters, she underscores the effects September 11 had on those involved and those bearing witness . . . a gentle introduction to a difficult topic for young readers, many of whom will be too young to remember the events firsthand.” (Booklist)
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In Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, we meet four kids from around the country 48 hours before the attacks. We get to know them. We learn who they are. Baskin masterfully brings the reader back to "before" with ease. Each of these kids is dealing with life, as they know it, before it all changes. And then it changes...and we travel with these characters as they deal with the attacks.
I love this book. When it arrived, I ripped the box and devoured the book. It's one of those books I couldn't stop reading! (Sometimes I was even holding my breath because I wanted to know what was going to happen next!!!) I don't know how Nora Raleigh Baskin gets the reader to care so much about these four different characters so much, so quickly, but she does.
This book will definitely be shared with my sixth graders in the upcoming school year...and for years to come! I can't wait to share this with my students and start the conversation!
Read this book. Share this story. Learn from our history.
Nine, Ten reminded me of what it's like to read historical fiction, good historical fiction, about the Titanic. When an author does as wonderful a job writing about a major event as Baskin does, you do not want to stop reading, even though you know what's coming. Even the author notes and the acknowledgements were heart- rending.
I have already recommended Nine, Ten to several people. I think this book would be a wonderful way to teach others about 9-11.It will probably be a nostalgia trip for parents of today, most of whom will remember Before...and how it was so different.