Ground Zero

Ground Zero

by Alan Gratz (Author)

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, 2020, 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.

In the heart-wrenching novel "Ground Zero" by Alan Gratz, three compelling stories unfold against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. As the world watches in horror, the lives of Brandon, Reshma, and Tariq intertwine in a profound and unforgettable manner.

Brandon, a young boy from New York, finds himself trapped in the wreckage of the World Trade Center's North Tower. Filled with determination and resilience, he must fight for survival amidst the chaos and devastation.

Reshma, a Pakistani-American teenager, witnesses the horrors of the attacks from her classroom window. As she struggles to come to terms with the unfolding tragedy, she grapples with feelings of grief, anger, and confusion.

Tariq, a young Muslim boy, faces suspicion and discrimination in the aftermath of the attacks. Despite the challenges he encounters, he strives to prove his innocence and bridge the divides that have emerged in his community.

Through these interconnected narratives, Alan Gratz delivers a powerful message about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. "Ground Zero" is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of hope, loss, unity, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.


April 06, 2021