Stories of 9/11 for the Next Generation

17 Aug Stories of 9/11 for the Next Generation

The horrific events of September 11th, 2001 are seared into the memory of the millions who witnessed it. I was in college at the time and did not quite understand why my dorm mates were all watching CNN until I turned it on myself. Even as a witness from hundreds of miles away I was forever impacted by the terrorist attacks.


This year marks the 15th anniversary of that day. Several stories for young people are being published to help maintain the memory of the attacks and the heroes who fought so hard to save lives. Children and teens may not ever fully understand the impact of the attacks, but at least they will have the opportunity to learn about them through stirring stories.


Here are some of the titles available at the public library, related to the September 11th attacks.


All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother’s death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them. Now: Jesse is still coping with her brother’s death on 9/11 and the way her dad filled their home with anger and grief. When one thoughtless decision turns her life upside down, she must face the past to make amends. Then: Alia is a proud Muslim, visiting her father at his office in one of the Twin Towers. Trapped in the flames, she has no choice but to trust a boy she’s just met.


Nine, Ten: A September 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.


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.