Nora Raleigh Baskin does a great job of sharing the lives of four adolescents from very different parts of the United States. She really captures the essence of the often awkward middle school experience, and weaves a very cohesive narrative with believable connections. What ends up connecting all four characters is the events of September 11, 2001. Connections we personally make every day may seem insignificant at the time, but have a way of affecting us and often have an impact on our lives in some way. In the author's note, Nora shared that "I chose the structure of this story to reflect the interconnectivity in our society, in particular between children." This is a very well-written and powerful story that is a must read for every tween and middle school student, teacher, and parent.
I am a middle school teacher librarian and former classroom teacher. I have a passion for all things books and try to match my readers with high quality literature in every possible situation.