It is just an average week in the American life. Tragedy and happiness reign equally in many people’s life. Sergio struggles with an absent father figure while growing close to a Lower Manhattan firefighter. Naheed must struggle with rising tension due to her hijab. Aimee will have to miss her mother for a business meeting at the New York World Trade Centers and Will lives in Shankville, Pennsylvania. For each of these separate children, life is normal; it has its highs and its lows. But in just a few days time, the little peace of their worlds will be shattered by a cataclysmic event that will affect not just them but the future of the US – forever.
This really is a great look at what the view must have been like for a kid who was old enough to understand what was going on. Nora Raleigh Baskin’s message about how children need to remember and understand this impactful event is important and wonderful. I thought it interesting that she compared 9/11 for the youth of today to Pearl Harbor for the youth of her own day. Both were horrendous tragedies in American history that impacted the world around them and both are rather distant events that children don’t quite understand. In light of how long it’s been since 9/11, it seems appropriate that this book should be published now. I highly recommend this read.