Many of us don’t remember what the world was like before September 11th. One of the many drastic changes was airport security and flying. Flying in a commercial airplane was not a big deal before 9/11, but now there are rules and restrictions for just about everything that makes the airport one of the most miserable places on earth. Most people know exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the attacks of 9/11. Where was I? I was in junior high walking across the street to the high school to band when a friend asked me if I had heard what had happened. The rest of the day was consumed with watching the news and talking about what our country would do next. The next few weeks were a blur of figuring out what exactly happened and what the country’s responds would be. It was an uncertain time for sure. This book is about four students from different parts of the country and what their life was 48 hours before and the day of 9/11. The book doesn’t explain the events but it shows how their lives where changed in that moment just like every other American. This is one of the better middle grade books I have read and one I have look forward to reading for a while. Our youth didn’t know the world before this event and it is refreshing that we have amazing authors that share that light upon them. Those of us who lived through it can relate to the characters and reflect on our own experiences but for students this book is more of a learning experiences. They are able to see how lives where changed that day and understand how this event affected our lives and changed our world.
This books is not on a list but on my to-read list for too long. It was a quick read (less that 200 pages). We are adding more fiction novels related to 9/11 and the library will be having a unique display this year to encourage students to read and learn more about this tragic day. If you have suggestions of books please let me know I would like to make this collection appealing to our readers.
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