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My son is 12 and has read several of Gratz's books. This book arrived as a surprise on the release date and it took him less than 24 hours to finish it. Let's be clear, my son is all boy and would typically rather play outside all day than sit quietly and read for extended periods. After hearing he was done with the book, i asked him "how was it?" He then took at least the next 15 minutes to explain in great detail all that happened in the book. I love that this historic event was made real to my child. We then went to youtube and watched some of the footage from 9/11. A great conversation starter. Thank you Alan for the work you do, it is appreciated.
I teach 7th grade ELA, and I am confident that this book will be a hit with students aged ten and up. It contains an engaging mix of suspense, action, emotion, and a bit of a twist. Although this novel doesn't sugarcoat the events of 9/11/01, it is appropriate for tweens and young teens. This text will spark some thought-provoking discussions about this historic event and its aftermath.
As an adult, I had a hard time starting this book. I was in NY for 9/11 and it brought back a lot of the fear and anxiety of that time. However, as I read and got to know the characters, I couldn’t put it down. This book is well written, suspenseful, and done in a way that leaves you wanting more and more. I highly recommend for middle schoolers and beyond
My son, age 10 in 5th grade, was introduced to this book in school as recommended reading for book club. He didn’t join book club but I put this in his Easter basket. He read the whole book in 2 days...couldn’t put it down! Usually he starts a book and I find it in his room with a bookmark on page 10 a month later so this I huge that he was that engaged. He’s actually asked for more from Alan Gratz as he really enjoyed his storytelling.
My son who is in 4th grade is a fan of Alan Gratz. he has read 7 books by Mr. Gratz and when Ground Zero came out on February 2nd on his kindle he immedietly asked me "can I buy it'' and I said yes. So when he finished it he was telling me all the about characters and what happened in the story. Thank you Mr. Gratz.
My 12 year old is reading all of Alan Gratz’s books right now, and says Ground Zero is his favorite so far. I think because he is more familiar with the terrorist attack/tragedy than the other books (which he also loves).
Gratz presents this historical fiction in a gripping way. I have long been a fan of his novels, but this one, after experiencing this event as an 11th grader was very emotional. As an American, this is a book that is necessary and important. It’s a must read!
This was an excellent story and provides the reader with the opportunity to view two sides of the situation. I was both surprised and pleased with the book and think it should be read by all of our pre-teen/teens. Well done!