Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.
Grades 5 and Up Pages 197.
Just how can this story be Historical Fiction? All of my middle students were officially not born when the events of 9/11 took place—it is so hard for me to imagine—time passes so quickly!
Nora Raleigh Baskin’s new book Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story looks at this event,
two days prior from the perspective of four young children from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California who don’t know each other –at least not yet! They all have struggles in their lives—absent parent, death of parent, new school, being Muslim and yet the tragedy of 9/11 binds and unites them all in a way the reader will not soon forget!
Anyone who has lived through 9/11 can tell you exactly what and where they were on that fateful day when we watched in horror as first one then two planes flew into the World Centers, one into the Pentagon and the final one into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nine, Ten will gently and thoughtfully introduce a new generation to the events of September 11, 2001.