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Summary

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.

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  • Tracy
  • 22-03-21

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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  • APG
  • 16-04-21

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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  • Harley-Day Schaedel
  • 21-11-21

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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  • Jorge
  • 12-11-21

BEST BOOK EVER

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

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  • Sher from Provo
  • 24-09-21

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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  • Richard D.
  • 17-09-21

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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  • Debbie
  • 08-05-22

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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  • Sarah Howson
  • 17-03-22

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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  • Melanie
  • 17-07-21

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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  • Dani
  • 16-07-21

great storytelling, bland writing

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