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Yesterday’s book was for YA readers. Today’s book Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin, is definitely for middle grade readers.

We often think of how 9/11 impacted NYC in particular, but this book, with characters in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and NYC, shows how people all over the country were affected. This could be a great beginning of the year read aloud because it honors the event, but also shows the universal problems tweens face, even though they often feel alone.

Publisher’s Summary: 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. Naheed 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. Aimee 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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