About This Book:
In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear — and the stunning links between the past and present. September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive — and escape? September 11, 2019, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz — and put herself and her family in mortal danger? Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.
*Review Contributed by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer*
There are a number of nonfiction books about 9/11; I know because I purchased many of them for my school library in 2002! I expect that there will be a number of books coming out this year. It’s fairly easy to find fiction books on this topic, and several such as The Big Apple Diaries and a graphic novel version of Tarshis’ I Survived the Attacks of 9/11 are coming out in 2021. There are not a lot of books about Operation Enduring Freedom (Spradlin’s biography, Ryan Pitts : Afghanistan, Patterson’s Operation Oleander, McKay’s Thunder over Kandahar, Reedy’s Words in the Dust and Massey’s Torn are the only ones that come to mind), so it’s good to see some coverage of this as well.