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Ground Zero

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Intense, compelling novel about 9/11 and its aftermath.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Two perspectives on 9-11

Great story, the violence of the twin tower attack might be too much especially if your family has been personally impacted. I love the multiple perspectives and the surprise twist is well done. one perspective is a boy caught in the twin tower attack with his father (who doesn't survive). The other is an even in Afghanistan which brings up issues of the the morality of foreign wars. Well done.

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Author Alan Gratz delivers a haunting and powerful page-turner of a novel, this time focusing on terrorism and the costs of a long-fought war. Readers are certain to be inspired by the courage and determination shown by Brandon and Reshmina in Ground Zero. But that courage often comes amid storylines that include violent deaths that may be disturbing to sensitive readers. The history of America's involvement in Afghanistan is extraordinarily complex, and by viewing the war through Reshmina's eyes, Gratz does an able job of explaining it in a way younger readers will understand.

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