Author: Tom Rogers
Eleven had been collecting dust on my bookshelf for over a year. I honestly thought I had read it already until I started perusing my bookshelf and realized I was wrong (it happens from time to time!)
In my classroom library, I have a book bin dedicated to 9/11/2001. Most of my students are not familiar with this tragic day in history, but when I tell them about it, their curiosity goes through the roof.
Eleven takes readers through one day, 9/11, mostly through the eyes of Alex. It’s Alex’s birthday and all he wants is a dog. When school lets out early, a dog playfully follows Alex and his sister as they navigate their way around town, oblivious to the tragedy happening a few miles away in New York City.
When Alex finally does learn about the Twin Towers, he makes a bet with himself: If he takes the dog back to its owner, then his father, who works driving a PATH train, will come home. However, the universe has other plans for Alex and his new-found dog, Radar.
Eleven is a heart-warming book about love, loss and growing up. While it deals with the tragedies of 9/11, it does so in a way that is not overbearing, which makes this book an excellent read for students who are just being introduced to this unforgettable day in America’s history.
I have a copy in my classroom library, and it’s always checked out – now I know why!
Best for: Middle grades and up.