Blog Tour with Giveaway: Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

January 18, 2021 Blog Tour, giveaway 6

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the GROUND ZERO by Alan Gratz Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: GROUND ZERO

Author: Alan Gratz

Pub. Date: February 2, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear — and the stunning links between the past and present. 

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive — and escape?

September 11, 2020, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz — and put herself and her family in mortal danger?

Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

Says Alan Gratz: “For all its horrors, 9/11 is also the story of people coming together to help one another in a time of crisis. And for all the death and destruction the war has brought to Afghanistan, it has also meant the end of the Taliban as the country’s official rulers, and more freedom for women and girls. GROUND ZERO explores these contradictions, highlighting how people are often at their best when the worst happens and how impossible it is to make the right decision when both outcomes are unacceptable. These are universal experiences that ignore nationality and religion and culture—challenges that unite us as human beings—and I believe that fiction helps young people understand these big, scary topics and empathize with the people enduring them.”

“The year 2021 will mark the twenty-year anniversary of 9/11. Will it also mark the twenty-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan? Time will tell. One way or another, we still live in a world reshaped and redefined by what happened in those 102 frightful minutes on a bright blue September morning in 2001. It’s more important than ever to help new generations understand how we got from there to where we are today.”

“With his signature accessibility and insight, Gratz tackles events on both U.S. soil and abroad … Subtexts and well-developed secondary characters give readers fuller perspectives surrounding the political, religious, and sociological factors that contribute to the horrors Brandon and Reshmina are living through. The pace is quick (don’t blink or you’ll miss something!), its emotions deeply authentic, and the highly visual settings resonate with accuracy. With a moving author’s note, pertinent back matter, and a surprise twist which brings the book full circle, Gratz delivers another winning read. Ground Zero will appeal to middle-grade readers, who were born after the events of 9/11, and to those adults who lived through it and will never forget.”– BOOKLIST, starred review

“Tautly paced … Conveys immediacy and depth.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Gratz’s deeply moving writing paints vivid images of the loss and fear of those who lived through the trauma of 9/11.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS

 


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Book Trailer:

Excerpt:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/14/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

1/15/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

1/16/2021

The Obsessed Reader/ObsessedRead

Excerpt


Week Two:

1/17/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Excerpt

1/18/2021

Lisa Loves Literature

Excerpt

1/19/2021

Hurn Publications

Excerpt

1/20/2021

Down The Rabbit Hole

Excerpt

1/21/2021

Portals Into Books

Review

1/22/2021

Fire and ice, Little Red Reads

Review

1/23/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review


Week Three:

1/24/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

1/25/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

1/26/2021

michellemengsbookblog

Review

1/27/2021

Books A-Brewin’

Excerpt

1/28/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

1/29/2021

The Scribe Owl

Review

1/30/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review


Week Four:

1/31/2021

Crazykidjournal

Review

2/1/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

2/2/2021

@minnesota_mailer

Review

 

THE GROUND ZERO VIRTUAL TOUR WITH NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ALAN GRATZ

Register to attend these free-to-attend virtual events at the websites of each hosting bookstore

Monday, February 1, 2021

11:00 am (EST): RJ Julia Independent Booksellers (Madison, CT)

2:00 pm (EST): Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC)

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

2:00 pm (EST): Politics & Prose (Washington D.C.)

7:00 pm (EST): Book launch event via Politics & Prose (Washington D.C.)

In conversation with Lauren Tarshis (author of I SURVIVED series)

 

Wednesday: February 3, 2021

10:00 am (EST): Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)

9:00 am (PST): Children’s Book World (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

10:00 am (EST): An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA)

5:00 pm (CST): Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)

 

Friday, February 5, 2021

11:00 am (EST): Boogie Down Books (New York, NY)

4:30 pm (EST): Trinity Preparatory Author Festival (Winter Park, FL)

 

Monday, February 8, 2021

10:00 am (CST): Anderson’s (Chicago, IL)

1:00 pm (CST): Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

10:00 am (CST): Square Books (Oxford, MS)

6:00 pm (MST): The King’s English (Salt Lake City, UT)

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

9:00 am (MST): Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix, AZ)

10:30 am (PST): Green Bean Books (Portland, OR)

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

10:00 am (CST): Watermark Books & Cafe (Wichita, KS)

5:00 pm (PST): The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, WA)

 

Friday, February 12, 2021

10:00 am (CST): Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN)

2:00 pm (EST): Little City Books (Hoboken, NJ)

 

March 11-13, 2021

Southern Young Adult Book Festival (Murfreesboro, TN)


6 Responses to “Blog Tour with Giveaway: Ground Zero by Alan Gratz”

    • Lisa Mandina

      I know, it’s really weird when I think about how all the students we have in school now weren’t even alive for this, so really don’t quite understand how it is to the adults. It’s kind of like the Kennedy assassination for me when people older than me would talk about it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I’ve read other by this author and they were good, just need a chance to read this one. Thanks for stopping by!

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