nine, ten: a September 11 story

Updated: Mar 21, 2018

By: Nora Raleigh Baskin BUY BOOK HERE

I'm still wiping tears from my eyes. Woah. September 9th, September 10th, and September 11th. Four children, their unique story, and the days leading up to and after September 11th. All from different parts of the country, all affected in different ways. Sergio and Naheed's storyline are the most intense, but Aimee and Will's are just as important. This would be a wonderful book to read as a family with older children, or read to a 3rd-12th grade class. It still is crazy to me that none of my students were alive when this happened. I was barely a 5th grader myself! It's a story they need to hear. They need to know what happened that day! This is a perfect way to #neverforget.

“Courage is contagious: When one person of courage stands up, others are affected and stand up with him”


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.

“Because in the end it was just about people: mothers, fathers, friends, foes, sisters, brothers, children born and not yet born, sons and daughters; people from all over the United States and then all over the globe, whose lives would never be the same. Because the world changed that day, slowly and then all at once”