Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
This Month Previous Articles Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio

Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

Miscellaneous
November reading and looking towards the last month
Reading goals for 2017

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story: 11/26/16

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

September marked the fifteenth anniversary of the of hijacking attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the failed attempt that was taken down over a field in Pennsylvania. It marked a turning point in U.S. policy, driven primarily by extreme conservatives who are using the national and religious identities of the hijackers to justify racial profiling and other racist bullshit.

More people have now died as a result to our reaction to the attacks than did in the attacks. That's not to diminish the shock everyone felt that morning or the incredible, unthinkable losses that families experienced as a result of that day.

In the year or so following the attack the first books about the event, or inspired by it, appeared. Those initial ones were primarily self published. Now that the event is long enough ago to be before this generation of children were born, the big named publishers are releasing books for middle grade readers

Because of the early hour of the attack — 8 AM Eastern Day Light, for much of the country the event was already over by the time everyone woke up. Those in the western and Pacific states woke to find the other half of the country reeling.

So that brings us to Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin. It's set up like a disaster book — two days before the event, from the perspective of middle grade aged children who are traveling by airplane for one reason or another. Now anyone who reads disaster stories knows that the usually one or more of these introduced characters dies over the course of the disaster — not everyone, of course, as there has to be a hero (or two).

Already, the use of that trope makes me dislike this book. It's divisive and manipulative. Of course children died in the attacks — there were some on all the planes.

Of course, this being a middle grade fiction, all of the main characters are having their own personal drama with friends or family. The tragedy of the day will after everything has heated up with them, make them realize how petty their grievances. In the end, because they survive (and their loved ones do too), they are stronger, better people for it.

Two stars

Comments (0)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment: