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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,551 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Alex Douglas always wanted to be a hero. But nothing heroic ever happened to Alex. Nothing, that is, until his eleventh birthday. When Alex rescues a stray dog as a birthday gift to himself, he doesn't think his life can get much better. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way. But this day has bigger things in store for both of them. This is a story about bulli ...more
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Published January 14th 2014 by Alto Nido Press, LLC
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Ruby Granger
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whilst this book was certainly a light read in terms of the writing itself, the story was emotionally charged and filled with Alex's own suspense as he wonders whether his dad will come home. Rogers explores the permanency of 9/11 and how massive a calamity it was, but in a way that is easily accessible to kids (maybe 10+?). One thing I particularly loved was the kindness which arose from strangers after that morning. ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“Sometimes when a terrible thing happens, it can make a beautiful thing seem even more precious.”

Alex Douglas is turning 11 on the 11th. All he wants for his birthday is a dog to call his own. He’s left countless clues. There may have even been some begging involved. But his parents want Alex to concentrate on his school work. They want him to learn more about responsibility. September 11, 2001, will (and did) teach Alex and so many of us about responsibility and bravery and compassion and so mu
Lauren P.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought the topic of 9/11 was handled very well in this book. I would definitely recommend it to students who are interested in learning more about that day, particularly from the perspective of someone their age. Alex is very relatable.

A quote I loved from the novel: "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
Emilie T
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning, this book didn't really make sense to me. Later on, when the disaster of nine eleven started and the main character Alex's parents are in the building while this disaster happened, the feeling suddenly gets nervous. "The Man in The White Shirt" appears in the story a lot and has his own storyline. I think the author did an outstanding job of letting the reader be curious about who that is and why it appears so often in the story? In the end, the story reveals that "The Man in T ...more
Brooke Beeson-King
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this was done well for middle grade readers. It makes the events of 9/11 accessible to them through a kid's perspective, but also gives the perspective of a man who was at the Towers when it happened. I was annoyed at the beginning with multiple chapters spent dealing with Alex whining about wanting a dog. But then the story began to weave with other characters' stories and I thought that helped the plot and characters develop deeper. The side story of Radar added interest. Who doesn't l ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dogs, adventure, and family. Growing up in a changed world.

Very intelligent writing in the way it weaves and combines the stories of 2 families while deftly handling a very emotional topic of American history.

Young adults reading this book were just born or as young as Nunu (the protagonist's sister) when 9/11 occurred. So they couldn't appreciate the significance this event has psychologically and financially burdened the U.S. and many parts of the world. The author carefully uses a fictional c
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Sensitive Portrayal of a Difficult Subject

I read this for a teacher who wondered if I thought it would be appropriate as a read-aloud for her 4th grade class. Having finished it, I would say the author covered the destruction of the Twin Towers with a rare balance of accuracy and sensitivity. Experiencing that terrible day through the eyes of a very normal eleven year old created a book that told just enough of the heartache combined with some very realistic kid-centered action. Yes I would re
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars✨
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so sweet. It was a shorter book, and it had to do with 9/11. I don't know, something about the book was so sweet and comforting. The best part was the fact that there were three different characters and, in the end, all of their stories connected and they were all together. So cute and sweet. Love. ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
September 11

As someone who lived through that day... I can say that this is a good description of what we all felt as the events were unfolding. This is a young adult book but adults can regain perspective from it as well. Considering that there is a generation that will grow up not know what life was like before that day and on the day itself, this book will help explain it all.
Christina Hanson
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I hate you." Those were Alex Douglas's last words to his dad the night before his eleventh birthday. Alex has wanted a dog for as long as he can remember, but his parents don't think he is responsible enough to take care of one. When Alex gets up the next morning, his father is already gone to work as a PATH train driver to the World Trade Center. Then his birthday keeps getting stranger: his school is unexpectedly let out early; his mom, a hospital nurse, tells Alex not to turn on the TV when ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A little known book that is spot-on about a boy's life on the day of 911--He also happens to be turning 11. The relationships with parents, sister, and other grown ups, are all sensitive and real. In some ways it has a strong similarity to Guinea Dog, without the humor.

The author didn't wrap up with a bow the idea of redemption for all, which I appreciated.

Good for 9-12.
gj indieBRAG
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that ELEVEN by Tom Rogers is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

Neesa Vasquez
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately during this horrific event, I was only four years old. I vaguely remember my mother picking me up from preschool. I ran to my brother and we just played with our toys like any day. I could tell that my mom had been crying because of the sorrowful look on her face.
I remember asking my mother and father questions about that horrifying day. My mother recalls how silent and heartbroken everyone was. When she picked me up from preschool, none of the parents talked to each other. There
Alison Waara
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eleven by Tom Rogers is a great novel that could introduce or expand on younger student’s knowledge of 9/11. Personally, I was very young when this even happened, so I don’t have any recollection or memories of it occurring, but I have heard from my mother what she was doing when she found out about the Twin Towers falling, and in turn, where I was. Of course I have learned more and more about the even throughout the years in school, listening to different lectures, watching different documentar ...more
Veronica Baldwin
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The unbelievably sad tragedy of 9/11 happened when I was at the young age of 5. My dad was a Master Sergeant in the military at the time so me and my family were stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Because of the time difference in Germany, the destruction of the twin towers happened during the middle of the night. It had left the whole base in sorrow, fearing for their family living in the states. All of the schools were closed for a few days because of the fear that terrorists might attack other ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge tear jerker for me. I was only 2 or 3 when 9/11 happened, so I don’t really remember anything, but I know that it’s something that will always be remembered in everyone’s memories until that entire generation dies out. The explicit detail of the news that happened on that day was very hard for me to read and I can imagine that this would be hard for anyone who remembered this day and lost family/friends in this horrific terrorist attack. In my mind, this forever changed Amer ...more
Audrey Rodriguez
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tom Roger’s “Eleven” is a wonderfully written work of historical fiction about a young boy named Alex and the emotional journey he endures when he learns of the horrible tragedy that occurred on September 11th, 2001. “Eleven” is a captivating novel written through the eyes of a child and would be a great read for the elementary classroom as a way to introduce young readers to historical events in a way that is not too horrific or complex for them to understand.

As someone who was only a child wh
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
A story that brings the family perspective to the 9/11 tragedy. We see the day from the eyes of a young boy, Alex. It's his birthday and he's frustrated that he won't get the dog he wants. Readers see he and his sister move through their day after school is released early. His mom is a nurse and his dad drives the train that passes under the World Trade Center every day. He finds a stray dog that leads him to an elderly man waiting for his son to come home - just as Alex is waiting to hear from ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
When I first started this book thought it was going to be boring and not interesting at all turns out the first ten chapters are quite boring but after that it does start to get better wouldn’t say it can relate to your life now. before I started it just felt like another boring book my dad had said I had to read and turns out the first ten chapters were but then I got connected was particularly fond of the dog in it because it was kind sweet and instant. The switch between the three characters ...more
Dana Middleton
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A boy turns eleven on 9/11. I was interested but a bit reluctant. There are some things you don't want to be reminded of. But in Tom Roger's skilled hands, I was able to see this day differently. Through Alex's eyes. And I was beguiled. This is a wonderful story about a horrible day. A great book for kids and adults, alike. 5 out of 5 stars. ...more
Olivia Porter-Sutton
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Robin Tzucker
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't know how many books about 9/11 exist for middle grade readers, but this one is a must-read. Told from the perspective of both Alex (turning 11 on 9/11) and an unnamed (until the end) adult who sees the towers fall, it is a sensitive read that captures what it must have been like to be there that day. ...more
Noelle Van Der Meid
Sweet book centered around the events of 9/11. It deals with themes of bullying and family relationships - how tragedy often brings people together the way nothing else can. I'd love a more gritty book that deals with these topics - my students can't understand how that day impacted the world and how things changed. ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book on the reaction of an eleven year old boy to 9/11 was very well written, and very appropriate for middle grade children. I highly recommend it.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a very emotional book with a clear and original plot line. I would recommend it for an audience who can understand the seriousness of the real life situation which had such a big impact on society. The characters are relatable and have a large development throughout the book. It is exciting and heart wrenching as well as well as a key event in many peoples lives. It is a single book and I enjoyed it a lot. The ending will have you both in tears of joy and sadness.
Steve Tetreault
Original: My school is doing a One Read, where everyone in the school reads the same book. Eleven is the first book we are attempting this with. I don't know if it's because I live in a community that was affected by the 9/11 attacks, or if it's just a general trend for YA readers, but I know that our YA community has been gobbling up stories about 9/11 in the past few years, which is how we ended up focusing on this book for our first One Read.

I vividly remember the class I was teaching when m
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m picky about books about September 11th. This one is fine. Just, fine.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great middle grade book regarding the events on 9/11 but from a kids point of view.
Christy Broderick
For the last year, I’ve been wanting to read this book. I finally gave it a read on 9/11/20 and I was emotional by the time I finished it. It focuses on a young man, named Alex, who turns 11 on 9/11/01 and what takes place during that day for him and the world. Alex meets a unique dog along the way, who is a kindred spirit during the entire book and knows how to look after Alex and his sister while they wait for their mom and dad to return home safely. It’s a good story that introduces young rea ...more
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Tom Rogers is a novelist and the screenwriter of numerous animated films, including The Lion King 1-1/2, Kronk's New Groove, LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, and Disney's Secret of the Wings and Legend of the NeverBeast. Originally from Texas, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and tango partner, Jennifer. Eleven is his first novel for young adults. ...more

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