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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, 2020, 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.

©2021 Alan Gratz (P)2021 Scholastic Inc.

Featured Article: In the Oral Histories of 9/11, Grief, Hope, and Heroism Find a Voice


Memories passed down through storytelling have been a vital part of culture since the dawn of civilization, and we've all had moments of pained reminiscence: Where were you on that day? There are few accounts more powerful than audio recollections of the lived histories of 9/11—their words, their voices, their stories all ensure we will never forget, that the passage of time will never erode the memory of those loved, lost, and left behind.

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great story, but read this book yourself

story was really good but the narrators seemed flat. I feel like they could've shown more expression about such dramatic events. Wish I would've read the book vs listened to it.

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Fantastic!

I LOVE Alan Gratz's work. I've read several of his books and look forward to reading the rest. Having a husband who is a firefighter made listening to this story difficult, even almost 20 years later. Even so, Alan did an excellent job tying together the two lives and helping the reader/listener to get a better understanding of how folks, on both sides of the story, feel. I highly recommend this one!

With this said...I was not excited about the male narrator. Many times he lowered his voice and I had to strain to hear what he was saying. I wish he wasn't so quiet. I had to go back and skim those chapters to make sure I didn't miss anything. Hopefully someone will read this and fix it so that you can hear it better. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful story!

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A absoolute MUST read!!

I have been wanting to get my hands on this book for some time. I am so so glad I finally did. Future readers you will not be disappointed.

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BEST BOOK EVER

In my opinion this is the best book should be worth millions of dollars 10 of 10

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Well written

This is a riveting story told from two points of view that finally converge. If I were still teaching 6th or 7th grade reading, this author would be one I could recommend to certain students. His books are historical in nature, but written so a young person can understand and appreciate them. Mr. Gatz’s books can fill a much needed gap in literature for young people, and can help them develop a love for reading. And not just for young people. Anyone of any age can learn from this book and others by this author.

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Best book ever

This book is incredibly good. I have never read a book that has had more history in it but also entertaining. This book is a great way to teach the new generations the true story behind 9/11!

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Terrific read on a difficult topic

Love the way the story brings to light both perspectives of the main characters. As with all his books, Gratz draws the reader in and takes them for a ride.

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2 sides to every coin

I began reading this book with my 15 year old son. We have read other books by the author and this book did not disappoint. This was a phenomenal book showing two sides of 9/11.

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Absolutely recommend!

Couldnt put it down! Great for teens learning perspective in history, and it offers lots of opportunity to study maps, culture, and the complexities of war.

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great storytelling, bland writing

The storytelling was great, but the writing had no prose. Most 5th graders will probably like this one.