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Ages 9-12

Understanding 9/11

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30,000 Stitches : The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag by  Amanda Gilman Davis
In the days following September 11th, a 30-foot American flag hung torn and tattered at 90 West Street, across from Ground Zero. A few weeks later, the flag was taken down by a construction crew and tucked away in storage, where it stayed for nearly seven years. The flag was brought out of storage in 2008 when the New York Says Thank You Foundation headed to Greensburg, Kansas, a town nearly destroyed by a tornado. NYSTY brought the flag with them, sparking a grassroots restoration effort that traveled over 120,000 miles across all fifty states, bringing together thousands of people, and helping America heal and rebuild . . . hand by hand, thread by thread, one stitch at a time. This book is the story of that journey, a journey that ended at the opening of the National September 11 Museum, where the flag remains today. Along the way, the flag was restored using pieces of retired flags from every state--including a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on after he was shot at Ford's Theater and threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner flag, which flew at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The pieces and threads were stitched in by military veterans, first responders, educators, students, community-service heroes, and family members of 9/11 victims, among others. At each stop, communities came together to remember, to heal, and to unite.
Escape From the Twin Towers by Kate Messner
Ranger, the time-travelling Golden retriever, was trained for search-and-rescue and even though he did not pass the tests, he has used his training on his many trips to help people caught up in disasters. Now he has arrived at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001 just as the first plane hits, and he must rescue fifth-graders Risha and Max who are trapped in the wreckage, guide them to safety, and hopefully reunite them with Risha's mother who works on the ninety-first floor. Includes bibliographical references.
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 : The Graphic Novel by Lauren Tarshis
When Lucas decides to skip school because he wants to discuss football with a firefighter friend of his father, he finds himself caught up in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Based on the book in the New York times bestselling series by Lauren Tarshis.
Living Through the Post 9/11 Era by  Linden McNeilly
How did the 9/11 terrorist attacks affect people in the United States and around the world for years to come? Why did the U.S. wage war on Afghanistan and Iraq? How does terrorism spread? What did the government do to protect the people in the United States? Learn what happened immediately after the attacks, and how people reacted and then moved ahead. You'll understand how those attacks have continued to affect politics and the personal lives of people worldwide.
Molly and the Twin Towers : A 9/11 Survival Story by  Jessika Fleck
When the Twin Towers fall on September 11, 2001, blocks from her school, twelve-year-old Molly, unable to reach her dads or Gran, must find her seven-year-old sister, Adi, and get her safely home.
Nine, Ten : A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day--until a plane struck the World Trade Center. But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will's father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Naheed has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she's getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Aimee is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business. These four don't know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day--the day our world changed forever.
September 11 by  Libby Romero
With text appropriate for grades 2-5 and compelling photos, this book recounts the world-changing events of September 11, 2001, and tells the inspiring story of the heroes who raced to save lives.
Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen
This picture book tells the story of a Callery pear tree standing at the base of the World Trade Center. After it is almost destroyed on September 11, but it is pulled from the rubble, coaxed back to life, and replanted as part of the 9/11 memorial.
The 9/11 Attacks by  Laura K. Murray
A historical account of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the events leading up to that day, the people involved, the monumental rescue and recovery efforts, and the lingering aftermath.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Sure, moving from Brooklyn and into the Avalon Family Residence doesn't sound that bad, but for Dèja and her family, it's just a fancy way of saying that they live in a homeless shelter. The one good thing to come out of the move is that Dèja finally gets to go to a good school. Used to being a tough girl, she is quick to bristle, but two patient students--Sabeen, a Muslim, and Ben, a displaced country boy--soon win her over. Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks, their school strives to teach about the tragedy by focusing on ideas of home, interconnectedness, and what it means to be an American. Dèja, who has never heard about 9/11, is filled with questions, especially after her father grows inexplicably angry over her lessons.
What Were the Twin Towers? by  Jim O'Connor
Discover the true story of the Twin Towers: how they came to be the tallest buildings in the world and why they were destroyed. When the Twin Towers were built in 1973, they were billed as an architectural wonder. At 1,368 feet, they clocked in as the tallest buildings in the world and changed the New York City skyline dramatically. Offices and corporations moved into the towers--also known as the World Trade Center--and the buildings were seen as the economic hub of the world. But on September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack toppled the towers and changed our nation forever. Discover the whole story of the Twin Towers--from their ambitious construction to their tragic end.
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Updated 08/23/2023