Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

Nine Ten A September Story From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a touching look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September and how that day impacted the lives of four middle

  • Title: Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
  • Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • ISBN: 9781442485068
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 kidFrom 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.

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    1. I am seriously an open book I ve been writing semi autiobiographical fiction since I was in 6th grade 1972 then, in 2001, Little, Brown published my first middle grade novel, about my life in 6th grade titled What Every Girl except me Knows Sixteen years and thirteen books later, that still, pretty much sums things up.

    2. This is an incredibly sad and disturbing novel, probably not right for every reader, but it's technically not 9/11 specific. 9/11 is merely a plot device used to connect four New Yorker kids leading troubled lives, kids who ultimately come to rely on each other in a time of crisis, uncertainty and a loss of innocence.

    3. This book brings the "before" and "after" of September 11th to students & readers that only know the after. I was engaged not only in the story and subtle hints of history, but in each character's story. They were authentic, real & diverse yet were able to connect & heal all because they experienced 9-11. Although each experience was different, none was devalued. Everyone that was alive on that day has a story & Nora honored that with this book.This brought back many memories &am [...]

    4. Whoa. A beautiful book. The different storylines were fascinating. I felt my heartbeat race as I inched closer to the awful events that took place on 9/11. I can't wait to hear what kids think of this important book.

    5. Now when she looked around at the crowd of people, all sharing the same moment, the same sadness, not one person was like any other. If she squinted her eyes, everyone, every single person, melted into a mix of shapes and colors.This sensitive middle grade novel follows four children in the few days before September 11, 2001, during the attack, and then one year later. There's Aimee, whose mother flies to New York for a meeting at the World Trade Center. There's Naheed, who is struggling with th [...]

    6. I could not put this one down. I stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it. This MG HF novel revolves around four middle school students living around the country (LA, NYC, Columbus, Ohio, and Shanksville, PA) in the two days leading up to September 11th. The individual characters aren't really connected to each other, but the events of 9/11 act as a common thread. As I was reading, I found the book very suspenseful because unlike the characters, I knew what it was leading up to. The book [...]

    7. I have read one other fictionalized account about 9/11 (Joyce Maynard's phenomenal The Usual Rules) and was curious to see how this event might be handled with younger readers. (Side note: Odd to realize the members of the target audience for this novel were not even alive in 2001!) Overall, I applaud Nora Raleigh Baskin for her gentle, bittersweet, yet ultimately hopeful story. The book chronicles the stories of four unacquainted children living in different parts of the country in the 48 hours [...]

    8. November 2015 review: 2 starsLots of leadup of 4 different characters pre-9/11, very little development post-9/11 I found that frustrating, as I expected to read a story about how four different characters dealt with 9/11's aftermath.September 2017 revisit: 3.75 starsI've had a chance to mull over Nine, Ten more in several different ways. I've read other 9/11 books, I have seen Nora speak several times, and I've seen students interface with the story. When I first read this story, I read it as a [...]

    9. 4 children. 4 stories. 48 hours before the 9/11 attacks. This isn't a story so much about 9/11, rather a story about children's fears, worries and battles. It is a great reminder for kids that other kids experience all kinds of hardships and wouldn't the community be a better place if we were all kind, and respectful to one another? I enjoyed Will's story whose father had recently passed away. The author does a beautiful job capturing his loneliness in the year after his Father's death. Sergio's [...]

    10. Even thought I was not alive on September 11th, 2001, after reading this book, I almost felt like I was. These 5 ordinary middle schoolers, have nothing in common, or are totally unknown to one another before 9/11. This story doesn't focus so much on the day itself, but the ordinary days that led up to it. The kids will cross paths with each other in the most unexpected ways, and help each other in times of crisis when they are all affect in some way after the attacks. I adored the authors note [...]

    11. When my sixth graders ask me questions about my 9/11 story, “Where were you? What did you think? Were you scared?” I stammer. This conversation is not an easy one to have, but it's necessary. Reading stories always makes these difficult conversations easier to have. Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin is a perfect book to help those conversations. 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. [...]

    12. This book was alright. My favorite part was the ending. I honestly thought it was pretty touching, but I was not fond of the rest of the book. I understand that this book is about the day before September Eleventh, and how, on 9-11, it didn't feel like any other day until the first plane struck the World Trade Center. I also realize that these are normal people, just with different perspectives and situations. I just think that, over all, it was kind of boring. Don't get me wrong, the character' [...]

    13. I have tried to avoid books on 9/11 -- the topic is still too raw. But with the 15th anniversary upon us, there are a slew of children's books on it coming out. I hope they all deal with it as well as this book does, and end with a message of hope.

    14. The beginning of this book was very confusing to me. There is four perspectives of four different kids. The whole first part of the book talked about 9/10 not 9/11. It goes through setting up the characters and their lives so we know who would be affected by the horrific event. Eventually, the book did transition into 9/11.The one part in the book that hit me hard was when Naheed went to visit the memorial one year later on September 11, 2002. Naheed is Muslim and wears a hajob. While she was pa [...]

    15. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineStarting on September 9th, 2001, we follow the life of several young teens. Sergio has traveled from New York to the University of Chicago to be honored for a high score on a math test. He misses his grandmother, who is raising him, and is trying to distance himself from his father. Nadira is from Columbus, Ohio, but her parents are Muslims from Iran. She wears a hijab, and gets some grief for it at school. Aimee's mother is a high powered business woman wh [...]

    16. We had the opportunity to read Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin and I have to say that I am so happy that we did! We are coming up on the fifteenth anniversary of that world altering day. None of my fourth and fifth grade students were alive then, so to them it is history. And as history, it is very difficult for these kids to relate in a personal way to these events. This book is like a magical field trip that will give me the ability to transport them back to that day all [...]

    17. Wow! For such a short book, this was a moving and profound read! The story is told from 4 different middle schoolers' perspectives during the days leading up to September 11, 2001. They are from different geographical locations and the events of 9/11 don't directly impact any of them, but the attack is felt by each of their families in different ways. In fact, only a short part of the book actually occurs on 9/11, so it is a focus of the book, but certainly not the only one. This book brings up [...]

    18. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it especially to anyone who was about the age of the main characters (middle/high school) when 9/11 happened. I was in 6th grade and in homeroom when we heard the news on September 11, 2001. Reading a book written for today’s young readers really brought me back to the way I perceived events at the time - and gave me new insights into how differently people experienced this day. This novel offers a mix of perspectives - children who were affected by th [...]

    19. This book is written with such grace. The way Nora weaved in each character's story was tremendous. My heart raced at so many different scenes of this story, recalling the tragic events of the day sending chills up and down my being. The message behind this book is absolutely beautiful and hopeful. Highly recommend. And the author's note gives you a great glimpse as to why she wrote the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (70/100) #bookjourney

    20. Many teachers in MS are using this as their first read aloud for the year, so I had to see what all the hype was. I love the multiple perspectives in this book. I understand why the author skipped ahead one year, and I loved the message at the end, but it just felt too quick for me. I wanted more, I guess. The “more” I was searching for is in my memories, but won’t be in my students’.

    21. Loved this. Loved the multiple voices. Loved how she wove the stories together at the beginning and the end. Possible read aloud to follow Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Multiple voices. Hmm

    22. I am completely speechless after reading this book. Absolutely and completely speechless. This book follows the lives of four unique characters: Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn with an absent father; Will, living in Shanksville, Pennsylvania with a father who has passed away; Naheed, a Muslim girl trying to survive middle school in Ohio; and Aimee, who is living in Los Angeles while her mom is away for business in New York City. This book begins by detailing their lives on September 10th, 2001, co [...]

    23. nine, ten: A September 11th Story  This book follows four children from diverse backgrounds in the days leading up to the attacks on September 11, 2001, their experiences that day, and where they are one year later. Rather than focusing on the horrific events of the day, the book instead focuses on the children's individual lives, dealing with everyday issues, including mourning the death of a parent, fitting in with peers, and moving to a new school. It is a good book to read aloud to a class [...]

    24. Catastrophic events shared by survivors and witnesses make indelible marks on our minds. These horrific happenings change all our lives, the way we knew life, forever. Nothing will not, cannot, be the same.People tend to remember where they were and who they were with vividly. On November 22, 1963 in the early afternoon I was with my seventh grade classmates on the second floor of our junior high school, an old brick building. We were seated in Mr. York's math class when we were interrupted with [...]

    25. Like Nora Raleigh Baskin, I too lived an hour away from Manhattan. I was on Long Island at the time. My husband and sister and a few other relatives were in Manhattan on 09/11. I can remember the entire day as it unfolded, and so much of the aftermath still stays with me. My family was lucky. In those years afterwards, my fifth grade students used to share their experiences. But at some point they became too young, and then they weren't even born. I understand the author's drive to write this wo [...]

    26. Whew. I finished this book an hour ago and I'm still crying a little. Let me see if I can stop this weeping and tell you about the story.Four kids with four separate lives in four different locations. It's a countdown format: September 9th, September 10th, and then, September 11th. The story shifts from person to person, with ordinary days for each child, leading up to the terrible day. Each child has his own problems---a new school, loss of a father, a terrible dad, issues over being Muslim---b [...]

    27. Nora Raleigh Baskin does a fantastic job of weaving the story together in such a modern way - love, acceptance, and loss, even when this tragedy is such a terrible event that shook America. I especially liked Naheed's character, she was struggling to accept that she is Muslim and that she wears a hijab. Eliza was an annoying "friend" of Naheed's and she was starting to get bullied, Naheed was not sure where to step in so she backed off. I can relate to Naheed's feelings involving acceptance beca [...]

    28. Norah brings us a book that has a very sensitive subject, told in such an honest respectful way. Her ability to bring about strong emotion through very different characters, all while staying true to the event is history, is so well done. I had always been concerned how I would be able to explain to students about the events and tell it through both non fiction and fiction stories, however after reading Nora's story Nine, Ten, I now know I will have a book to share with students. A book that I f [...]

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