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KidsRead: Alan Gratz on Ground Zero


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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.

Presented in partnership with The Center for Fiction KidsRead program and The New York Society Library.

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    Alan Gratz

    Alan Gratz

    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

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