Most kids today won’t remember the events of September 11th, 2001. For them, myself included, 9/11 was a tragic disaster, yet not one they can relate to. Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story is an amazing fictional work told in the perspective of four young people in the two days before that horrific attack. This book will shed a new light on how greatly people’s lives were affected. Will, Sergio, Aimee, and Naheed haven’t met directly quite yet, but their lives are all about to be struck by this awful crisis.
The book begins in an airport, where our four main characters will meet briefly without noticing it. Sergio, the first character we meet, lives with his grandmother and has recently won a math award that he is very proud of. Unfortunately, the absent father he strongly dislikes will catch wind of this and show up, upsetting both Sergio and his grandmother. Naheed is Muslim, and used to the way people look at her head scarf. However, an irritating girl at school will soon test her patience, bringing out a not-so-good part of Naheed she didn’t know she had. Aimee has recently moved to California with her father, leaving her mother alone in New York to continue her important banking job. She struggles greatly with two girls at her new school who believe, untruthfully, that Aimee’s parents are getting a divorce, while missing her mother. Will’s father recently died in a terrible car accident, and his death has left a deep emotional scar on Will’s heart. He discovers a recent disinterest in playing with his friends, and tries hard to move past his anger and sadness.
These four have nearly nothing in common, yet the tragedy of 9/11 will bring them close in an unexpected way.