Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
Genre: MG Realistic Fiction/Historical
Received: For Review from the Publisher
Published: June 28th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and how that day impacted the lives of four middle schoolers. Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day—until a plane struck the World Trade Center. But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Nadira has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Amy is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business. These four don’t know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day—the day our world changed forever.
Nine, Ten is a middle grade novel that is primarily set on September 9th and 10th of 2001, its intent is to juxtapose 48hrs before September 11th with life after. I read this book in one sitting and cried when it was over, not just because of how emotional this subject matter is but also the fact that as a 20 year old I can't remember life before September 11th. You need to read this book and even more so, you should encourage middle grade readers to pick this up.
This novel beautifully weaves together the lives of four middle schoolers, who have very different backgrounds and live in various parts of the United States. This novel speaks to the events of 9/11, but the themes in each kids story are still very prevalent today, from racism to bullying this novel shows that fifteen years changes so much of our lives and at the same time the human experience allows for connection.
There are some great quirky parts to the story that harken back to the early 2000s. Clueless, discmans, and the fact that you could go into an airport gate to meet a family member without buying tickets and going through security.
Baskin brings up so many of the things you hear over and over about September 11th. It was a beautiful day. The stories of people scheduled to be in the towers, but for some reason missed it. But I liked that she brought up how people came together whether you were in New York, Washington D.C, Pennsylvania or even if you didn't know anyone directly impacted.
This book is a must read. It may be a quick read and not a very challenging one, but this story will stick with long past you have finished it.