Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Source: I purchased a copy
This is the story of four teens from different parts of the country. Amy’s mom has a new job in New York City. They have just moved to California. She doesn’t fit in with the girls there. The girls in her new school assume that the reason her mom has a job in New York, and she and her dad are in California is because her parents are splitting up. This causes all kinds of anxiety for her. Sergio lives with his grandmother. He hates the father who left him and his mom. Will is angry because his father died trying to help a man along the side of the road. He is more angry because he learns the man was already dead and in his mind his dad died for no reason. Nadira is a Muslim girl who is proud of the scarf she wears. However, at her new school she is beginning to feel uncomfortable when someone asks her about her scarf. Even though these kids don’t know each other they all have one thing in common, 9/11.
This is a must read book. You need to read it to see how each of their lives were changed on that day. Another great book to put on my shelves for my students.