I have been writing about Sunshine State books in this series, but 10 minutes ago I finished a wonderful book that I must tell you about. It's brand new, and if you have not read it get it immediately!
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nine, ten: A SEPTEMBER 11 STORY by Nora Raleigh Baskin tells the story of the two days before 9/11 from the perspectives of four middle school children.
Sergio lives in Brooklyn with his maternal grandmother. He and his mother were in a homeless shelter when she died. His deadbeat father comes around when he wants something, and Sergio despises him.
Will lives in Shanksville, PA. His father, a long-haul trucker, was killed a few months ago trying to be a good Samaritan on the highway. Will, his mom, and his two sisters are struggling with their grief.
Aimee has just moved to L.A. and is starting a new school. Her mother just left on a business trip to New York City. She has a meeting on September 11th at the World Trade Center.
Naheed lives in Ohio. Her parents, both physicians, are from Iran. Naheed and her sister were born in Columbus. She has never felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new middle school her head scarf is attracting funny looks and questions about why she wears it.
I don't want to give away the story, but I will tell you (because this may trigger emotions for you) that none of these children lose anyone on 9/11.