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Love Is the Higher Law

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

NYC teens react to 9/11 tragedy in beautiful story of hope.

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Heavy book

I cried. Your teenage kids probably will too, but in a good way.

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Levithan has crafted a beautiful story of hope. His three protagonists all take turns narrating their perspective in first-person, and through their alternating chapters, they bring 9/11 to life vividly -- both for those too young to clearly remember the day, and for those who witnessed it from outside of New York City. References to and quotes from songs the teens love and listen to, including "Love Is the Higher Law," help convey the emotions of the teens and create an immediate bridge for teen readers unfamiliar with that historical day. It's hard to imagine a more evocative or compelling version of this event. Understanding what it was like to live through that day and its aftermath will help readers comprehend American life today.

Book Details

  • Author: David Levithan
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Publication date: August 25, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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