Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
Each witnesses an attack from a foreign nation, experiences destruction and devastation in their own country, suffers the death of a close family member at the hands of an enemy, and learns that life after an attack will never be the same. Each experiences a personal Ground Zero.
On September 9, 2001, nine-year-old Brandon Chavez accompanies his father to the Windows on the World restaurant located at the top of the World Trade Center North Tower. While his father is busy preparing meals, Brandon sneaks away and gets trapped inside an elevator when an explosion rocks the massive structure.
Alternating chapters detail Brandon's desperate search to connect with his father as building collapses. He crawls down an elevator shaft, sees a woman caught in the flames, and encounters crumbling stairs. The tension builds as his situation becomes increasingly dire.
Richard, a kindly man befriends Brandon and accompanies him in his search for his dad. When both know that his father will not make it out of the tower, Richard assumes care for Brandon and brings him home to his waiting family.
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She rescues a wounded American soldier and offers him sanctuary with her family. This decision makes her home a Taliban target. To escape from the crossfire between U.S. and Taliban forces, Reshmina leads her family and the soldier to safety in an underground cave.
Reshmina, noticing a young woman working as a translator, realizes that life holds opportunities that she thought were not possible for Muslim women. Her expertise with both English and Pashto could be the gateway to her future.
We are Afghan people
We are Afghans of the mountains