As the 10th anniversary of this epoch moment approaches, Americans find themselves reflecting back on the historic day and its aftermath. Some of our readers were probably too young or perhaps vaguely remember the events that occurred on that tragic day. It will forever be remembered by those that survived, their loved ones, and the high school students at Stuyvesant High School, located only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center. It will remain a day in history none of us will ever forget.
With their eyes : September 11th : the view from a high school at ground zero
Tuesday, September 11, seemed like any other day at Stuyvesant High School, only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center. The semester was just beginning, and the students, faculty, and staff were ready to start a new year. Within a few hours that Tuesday morning, they would experience an event that transformed all their lives completely. Here, in their own words, are the firsthand stories of a day none of us will ever forget.
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City (Updated) by Wilborn Hampton
Recounts one horrifying day in history through the eyes of several who experienced it firsthand. A blind man and his dog struggling to escape from the burning North Tower, a company of firefighters risking their lives to help with the evacuation, an ordinary citizen turned rescue worker sifting through debris after the towers collapsed - each of these individuals endured a personal nightmare, and each carries a separate memory. The updated 2011 edition includes an Epilogue by the author that spans the decade since 9/11/01 and concludes with the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
Three New York City teens--Claire, Jasper, and Peter, express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Samar is an Indian-American teenager whose mother has kept her away from her old-fashioned family. It's never been a problem for Sam, until after 9/11. A man in a turban shows up at Sam's house and turns out to be her uncle, who wants to reconcile the family and teach Sam about her Sikh heritage.
TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
Maddy should have died in a plane crash. Liam should have died at sea when the Titanic sank. Sal should have died in a tragic fire. But a mysterious man whisked them away to safety. Maddy, Liam, and Sal quickly learn that time travel is no longer just a hope for the future; it is a dangerous reality. And they weren't just rescued from their terrible fates. . . they were recruited for the agency of TimeRiders created to protect the world from those seeking to alter the course of history for personal gain. By reliving the highly documented events in New York City on 9/11, they can closely monitor history for any deviations--large or small. When just such a change is detected, they are alerted that a threat is at hand unleashing the evil of the Nazis to wreak havoc with Earth's present and future. Can Maddy, Liam, and Sal fulfill their destinies as keepers of time to save the world from utter destruction?
Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos
Fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family are illegal aliens, fleeing to the Canadian border -- running from the country they thought was their home. For years since emigrating from Bangladesh, they have lived on expired visas in New York City, hoping they could someday realize their dream of becoming legal citizens of the United States. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly, being Muslim means being dangerous, a suspected terrorist. And when Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are sent back to Queens and told to carry on, as if everything is the same. But of course nothing is the same. Nadira and Aisha live in fear they'll have to return to a Bangladesh they hardly know. Aisha, always the responsible one, falls apart. It's up to Nadira to find a way to bring her family back together again.