With Their Eyes: September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

With Their Eyes: September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

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With Their Eyes: September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero by Annie Thoms

A collection of powerful essays in spoken word form remembering September 11, 2001, by high school students who witnessed the tragedy unfold.

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

“Profound.” —Booklist

“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.

These powerful essays by the students of Stuyvesant High School remember 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060517182
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/20/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 136,610
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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.

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With Their Eyes: September 11th -- The View from a High School at Ground Zero 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a christian and im sorry that we are being rude to you guys. I think everyone is the same and just some people are bad. I believe that there is nothing wrong with muslims. There acually pretty kool! But it doesnt mean you have to hate 9 11. Its really important. Lives were killed. But i believe that there no problems with muslims! :)
Krystal67 More than 1 year ago
"With Their Eyes" opens up an entirely new view of September 11th. This is the story of students of Stuyvesant High School. They tell their stories about living in New York during and after 9/11, witnessing the planes crashing, and dealing with the aftershock. This book is a series of interviews with students and faculty that was later created into a play. The characters are raw; You can sense the pain they go through even just talking about the subject of September 11th... Of having to remember all of it. Think about it every day when they look out their classroom windows and see where the World Trade Center once stood. They experienced it all from ground zero. You see inside the hearts of people in New York. We all heard the interviews on tv with firefighters and policemen and family members of those who died, but in this book, you learn about students and faculty who where there. They witnessed it. My favorite interview was with a student named Max Willens; A senior. His view on 9/11 is compelling in a way that I think he views it in a different way than anyone else. Especially when he talks about it afterwards... He mentions people taking pictures by the remains of the World Trade Center. It makes me sick to even think about someone doing that.. Posing in a solemn stance for a picture to show to the world. During his second interview, he gets interrupted by an annonymous middle-aged man in the coffee shop. This man gives his viewpoint on everything and tells Max he wasn't wrong. To find these things out, you're going to have to read the book. I highly recommend this book!! It is so touching and truly brings light to what happened on September 11th.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book with the anticipation of getting first hand accounts of what was seen by high school students on 9/11. I was disappointed. While I appreciate what was seen this was basically a play put into print. I would have loved to see the performance that the students put on, it is just impossible to put this into a book. I would not recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was just starting my senior year in Stuyvesant High School when the September 11th tragedy befell New York City. Personally, I was in the shopping complex of the WTC when the first plane hit, and I only reached the school's bridge for comfort when the second plane hooked around and plowed through the other tower. The months of my first term senior year were thus a blur. I was lucky enough to be a part of the school's drama department; I worked closely with Annie Thoms on the SING performance that following spring, and I am thrilled at her success with this novel. Remember: before it was a best seller, it was a student run play on the Stuyvesant High School stage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting...
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Worst day in american history ever
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Morgan94 More than 1 year ago
This book allows the reader to catch a glimpse of what happened in the eyes of a High School at ground zero. It was especially relateable to teens and young adults because many of the things described in the book were from the point of view of a High School student. It was a moving description of a tragic event in our nations history.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was very detailed but it wasn't all that great. It was like a formated play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is like the heart of the news about September 11th, 2003. It tells the real stuff of what happened and what our dear friends saw at Stuyvesant. (I go to Stuyvesant every day, so I see Ground Zero every day in the summer.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I was in a rush and it looked kind of good. i ended up reading it, and then having to go back to the bookstore to get another book because I had nothing to read at school the next day! I recommend this book to people ages 13 and up. I really ended up enjoying and I'm very happy I ended up picking it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was truly amazing and inspiring. There were places in the book that were very helpful to me. Right after it happened and for a few months I didn't know how to describe how I was feeling, but then I read this book and it was like somebody finally got it. For those of you still who still struggle with the 'whys' and the 'hows', read this book--it helps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very powerful and inspiring piece of literature. I am a student in Stuyvesant High School, and many kids still talk about what happened. It is a terrible experience for all of us, and we are glad that now, our stories have been written down into a book. The stories are very accurate on what happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book last week, but I saw the play performed in February (I was a senior at Stuy last year). What was said by the publishers' reviews--that the play was more poignant on stage than in book form--was completely accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate how tons of christians around the world all blame muslims for what happened on nine eleven.cuz its not our fault becuz im a muslim and i believe that its not fair for the rest of us to be mistreated just because of what some scum did.its not like u should blame all muslims for he did.he was crazy and out of his mind and its not fair
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection of words that allows readers to really see the fear that came into the hearts of so many. It shows the horrfic event of september 11th so that it could be remembered forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that every kid who is curious how Teens felt on that horrible day should read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was great. It really helps people understand that they aren't the only ones feeling what they do. I highly recommend it!