Mixed Ages

The Memory of Things

On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down, then while fleeing home to safety, he finds a girl covered in ash who has no memory.

The Memory of Things

Gae Polisner
Y Polisne

On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down, then while fleeing home to safety, he finds a girl covered in ash who has no memory.


September 11

Love Is the Higher Law

Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.

Love Is the Higher Law

David Levithan
Young Adult Fiction - Y Levitha

Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.


September 11

All We Have Left

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.

All We Have Left

Wendy Mills
Young Adult Fiction - Y 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.


September 11

Hope and Other Punchlines

Rendered famous by a viral photograph taken of her as a baby against the backdrop of the September 11 attacks, Abbi longs for anonymity at a summer camp job, where a fellow counselor whose own life was shattered by the attacks challenges her to ask difficult questions.

Hope and Other Punchlines

Julie Buxbaum
Young Adult Fiction - Y Buxbaum

Rendered famous by a viral photograph taken of her as a baby against the backdrop of the September 11 attacks, Abbi longs for anonymity at a summer camp job, where a fellow counselor whose own life was shattered by the attacks challenges her to ask difficult questions.


September 11

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea takes place one year after 9/11 and follows Shirin, who endures cruelty from the community around her due to her religion and the fact that she wears a hijab. She uses music as an escape, until she meets a boy who is willing to get to know her as a full person. This book expounds upon the complicated relationships we have with the people around us, and the importance of holding true to one's values, even in the face of immense prejudice.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea takes place one year after 9/11 and follows Shirin, who endures cruelty from the community around her due to her religion and the fact that she wears a hijab. She uses music as an escape, until she meets a boy who is willing to get to know her as a full person. This book expounds upon the complicated relationships we have with the people around us, and the importance of holding true to one's values, even in the face of immense prejudice.


September 11

This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth

 A deeply moving story about community and resilience, from the point-of-view of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on September 11. Recommended for ages 4-8.

This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth

Sean Rubin
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 974.7104 Rub

 A deeply moving story about community and resilience, from the point-of-view of the Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on September 11. Recommended for ages 4-8.


September 11

The Red Bandanna

The inspirational story of September 11 hero Welles Crowther traces his faith-based outlook on life, his position as a volunteer in his local fire department and desire to join the FDNY, and how he sacrificed his life to save people trapped in the South Tower. Recommended for ages 10-14.

The Red Bandanna

Tom Rinaldi
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 921 Crowther Rin

The inspirational story of September 11 hero Welles Crowther traces his faith-based outlook on life, his position as a volunteer in his local fire department and desire to join the FDNY, and how he sacrificed his life to save people trapped in the South Tower. Recommended for ages 10-14.


September 11

30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag

Evocative illustrations and straightforward text depict the inspiring story of the Ground Zero American flag, which traveled through all 50 states to be repaired with pieces from other retired historical flags before its establishment at the National September 11 Museum. Recommended for ages 4-8.

30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag

Amanda Davis
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 929.92 Dav

Evocative illustrations and straightforward text depict the inspiring story of the Ground Zero American flag, which traveled through all 50 states to be repaired with pieces from other retired historical flags before its establishment at the National September 11 Museum. Recommended for ages 4-8.


September 11

Towers Falling

While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dáeja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Towers Falling

Jewell Parker Rhodes
Juvenile Fiction - J Rhodes

While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dáeja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world. Recommended for ages 8-12.


September 11

Ground Zero

A dual tale published to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks finds a young boy struggling to find his father and escape the World Trade Center in 2001, before a girl in battle-torn 2020 Afghanistan risks her life to help a wounded soldier. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Ground Zero

Alan Gratz
Juvenile Fiction - J Gratz

A dual tale published to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks finds a young boy struggling to find his father and escape the World Trade Center in 2001, before a girl in battle-torn 2020 Afghanistan risks her life to help a wounded soldier. Recommended for ages 8-12.


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