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Ground Zero

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FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 288 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 04/02/2020 ISBN: 9780702306747

Ground Zero

Alan Gratz

Scholastic

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller AlanGratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear - and the stunning links between the past and present. September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive - and escape?

September 11, 2020, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz - and put herself and her family in mortal danger?

Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

Selling points

  • lan Gratz is a master at making 20th and 21st history resonate and feel relevant for young readers: his child narrators bringing a powerful humanity to conflicts between adults.
  • His account of a boy witnessing and escaping from the terrorist atrocity in New York in 2011 is accompanied by the story of a girl in Afghanistan: encouraging the reader to empathise with and understand the nuances around considering others the enemy.

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