“As expected, Gratz has delivered another powerful punch with Ground Zero. Brandon’s story begins on September 11, 2001, and Reshmina’s on September 11, 2019. How do they connect? With devastating narration, they tell their heartbreaking stories. Can they find common ground? Can the world? As we are reminded in the book, this is history for everyone now in school. We adults remember where we were. I was sitting with students who had parents working in the North Tower. Six of those parents never came home. Gratz puts us in the middle of the attacks with horrific accuracy and guides us back to hope.”
— Carolyn Roys, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, IL
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, 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.