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A Wave of 9/11 Novels Seeks a New Audience: the Young Reader

For many children who weren’t alive on Sept. 11 or were too young to remember the attacks, the events feel distant and unreal, like a Hollywood disaster movie or a historical tragedy like the John F. Kennedy assassination. Some know only the broadest outline of the event, while others have been shielded from it altogether. And as the years pass, writers worry that their own memories of the day are slipping away.


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The hardest part was not to patronize them, not to pretend that they live in an innocent world, because they know more than we think they know."

What age is the right age to discuss what happened with children?

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