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Alan Gratz talks to local students about Ground Zero!


Alan Gratz, Ground Zero

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, award-winning author Alan Gratz talks about his middle grade novel, Ground Zero. Gratz is known for his powerful and informative historical fiction.

Booklist (01/01/2021): Grades 4-7 *Starred Review* With his signature accessibility and insight, Gratz tackles events on both U.S. soil and abroad in Ground Zero. Juxtaposed narratives alternate between September 11, 2001, New York City and September 11, 2019, Afghanistan, linked by destruction, death--and hope. Brandon, out of school due to a fight, finds himself in the North Tower when it's hit. Separated from his dad, he alternately helps and is helped by those trying to escape the terror they don't yet understand. Miles and years away, Reshmina's life has been disrupted by the terror of warring forces for as long as she can remember, but on this day she brings it closer than ever by aiding a wounded American soldier. Subtexts and well-developed secondary characters give readers fuller perspectives surrounding the political, religious, and sociological factors that contribute to the horrors Brandon and Reshmina are living through. The pace is quick (don't blink or you'll miss something!), its emotions deeply authentic, and the highly visual settings resonate with accuracy. With a moving author's note, pertinent back matter, and a surprise twist that brings the book full circle, Gratz delivers another winning read. Ground Zero will appeal to middle-grade readers, who were born after the events of 9/11, and to those adults who lived through it and will never forget.

Please join us as we celebrate Ground Zero with a special event with bestselling author Alan Gratz on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 10 AM (PT). All students, teachers, and parents are encourage to attend. To receive the link to the virtual event, please call or email us at the store. Our phone number is (925) 837-7337, or email us at rakestraw_books@gmail.com.

If your student's school is participating in the event: Rakestraw will deliver books to the local schools for $0 delivery fee. During check out, select the shipping option "School Event Delivery". In the order comment section, please provide the name of the school, student's name, grade, and the teacher's name. All the necessary information must be included in the comment section in order to qualify for the free school delivery.

This is a FREE event although we truly hope you will buy a copy of Ground Zero from Rakestraw Books. The first 100 people to order the book will get a signed book plate.


Event date: 

Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

via Zoom
Danville, CA 94526
Ground Zero Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338245752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021