Commemorating twenty years, this deeply moving play, written by high school students who witnessed the tragedy unfold, remembers September 11, 2001. This edition features new cover art, an updated introduction from Annie Thoms, and a new foreword from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan.
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
“Moving.” —Publishers Weekly
“Rings with authenticity and resonates with power.” —School Library Journal
Tuesday, September 11, started off like any other day at Stuyvesant High School, located only a few blocks away from the World Trade Center.
The semester was just beginning, and the students, faculty, and staff were ready to start a new year. But within a few hours on that Tuesday morning, they would share an experience that would transform their lives—and the lives of all Americans.
This powerful play, written by students of Stuyvesant High School based on their interviews with the school community, remembers those who were lost and those who were forced to witness this tragedy. Here, in their own words, are the firsthand stories of a day we will never forget. This collection helped shape the HBO documentary In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11.
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About the Author
Annie Thoms graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1993. After receiving her BA from Williams College and her MA in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University, she returned to Stuyvesant as an English teacher and theater adviser in 2000. She lives in New York City with her husband and her daughters, Eleanor and Isabel.
David Levithan is the critically acclaimed author of eight books for teens, many of which have appeared on ALA's Best Books for Young Adults list, including Boy Meets Boy, for which he won a Lambda Literary Award.
“The speakers reveal their emotions with a painful honesty that’s profound, and the startling immediacy of the words gives these pieces even more impact. An obvious choice for reader’s theater and for use across the curriculum; its deeply affecting contents will also make compelling personal-interest reading.” — Booklist
“This unique book rings with authenticity and resonates with power.” — School Library Journal
“The emotional rhythms of the volume take on a credible ebb and flow. A number of moving moments.” — Publishers Weekly