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Remembering 9/11/01

Those of us who were adults on September 11, 2001 and remember it like it was yesterday may be surprised to learn that there are novels written for young readers about 9/11 that are considered "historical fiction." Whether it's a day you'll never forget or a day you weren't yet born on, here are some books for all ages to learn about or reflect upon the events of 9/11/01.

Nine, ten : a September 11 story
Nine, ten : a September 11 story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
The immortalists
The immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin

After getting readings from a psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four siblings from New York's Lower East Side hide what they learn from each other before living five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate. 
America is under attack : the day the towers fell : September 11, 2001
America is under attack : the day the towers fell : September 11, 2001
by Don Brown

On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, a straightforward and sensitive book for a generation of children too young to remember that terrible day takes readers chronologically through the morning--from the plane hijackings and crashes at the World Trade Center (WTC), the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, to the rescue operations at the WTC site and the collapse of the buildings.
Just a drop of water
Just a drop of water
by Kerry O'Malley Cerra

Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family are faced with hatred for being Muslim American.
14 cows for America
14 cows for America
by Carmen Agra Deedy

Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11 attacks from a young Maasai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with 14 sacred cows as a healing gift.
The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
by Jim DeFede

Shares the experiences of the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, who were hosts to the more than six thousand passengers of thirty-eight U.S.-bound jetliners forced to land there in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Falling man : a novel
Falling man : a novel
by Don DeLillo

Escaping from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, Keith Neudecker makes his way to the uptown apartment where his ex-wife and young son are living and considers the ways in which the day's events have irrevocably changed his perception of the world. 
Extremely loud & incredibly close
Extremely loud & incredibly close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

A new novel by the author of Everything Is Illuminated introduces Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center bombing who searches the city for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind. 
The only plane in the sky : an oral history of 9/11
The only plane in the sky : an oral history of 9/11
by Garrett M. Graff

A panoramic oral history of the September 11 attacks draws on hundreds of interviews with government officials, first responders, survivors, friends and family members to recount events from the perspectives of firsthand witnesses. 
Fireboat : the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey
Fireboat : the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey
by Maira Kalman

Offers the true story of this historic fireboat that was pulled from its retirement on the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center in order to assist firefighters tending to the massive blaze and, with a few adjustments, succeeded in completing its mission.
Towers falling
Towers falling
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Three dynamic fifth-graders who were born after September 11 work together on a project about how communities grow together, discovering how the attacks still powerfully affect their families and their neighborhood. By the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Ninth Ward. 
Eleven
Eleven
by Tom Rogers

Always wanting to be a hero, Alex Douglas finally gets his chance on his eleventh birthday, September 11, 2001.
In the shadow of no towers
In the shadow of no towers
by Art Spiegelman

The creator of Maus conveys experience of the September 11th tragedy in a series of drawings and text that capture the horror of the event, its impact on his own life, and the dangerous erosion of American democracy that has occured in the aftermath of the attack. 
I survived the attacks of September 11, 2001
I survived the attacks of September 11, 2001
by Lauren Tarshis

Looking forward to spending his 11th birthday with his brave New York City firefighter dad, Noah is shocked when the outing is interrupted by the September 11 attacks, to which his father must respond at the risk of his life. 
American widow
American widow
by Alissa Torres

Created in the format of a graphic novel, a deeply personal memoir recalls the author's whirlwind romance, courtship, and marriage to Eddie Torres, a one-time illegal alien who had worked his way up the ladder of success to take a dream job at Cantor Fitzgerald, only to die in the World Trade Center attacks, leaving his wife pregnant with their first child.
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