Monday, 2:00 pm EDT September 13, 2021
Online via Crowdcast
In his new novel Ground Zero, bestselling middle-grade author Alan Gratz weaves together a tale of two devastating days in modern world history, separated by exactly 18 years. His story follows Brandon, who visits his dad at work on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, and Reshmina, caught in the shadow of war as her village erupts in battle on September 11th, 2019. Their two stories tell of acts of bravery and devastation that will change the world forever.
Two days after the United States observes the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Gratz will talk about his work online via Crowdcast at 2pm ET.
Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Allies, Grenade, Projekt 1065, Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor. His novel Refugee is often referred to as a modern classic, and has remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.
By Alan Gratz
Published by Scholastic Press
In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (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, 2019, 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.
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