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Read for a Lifetime 2022-2023 List: Ground Zero

Illinois Center for the Book Reading Program

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336 Pages It’s September 11, 2001.  Brando, a nine-year-old boy, goes to work for the day with his dad….at the World Trade Center in New York City.  When two planes hit the towers, Brandon and his father are trapped inside a fiery nightmare as terror and confusion swirl around them.  Can they escape—and what will the world be like when they do?  In present–day Afghanistan, Reshmina is an eleven-year-old girl who is used to growing up in the shadow of war, but she has dreams of peace and unity.  When she ends up harboring a wounded young American soldier, she and her entire family are put in mortal danger.  But Reshimina also learns something surprising about the roots of this endless war…  

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