After 9/11: One Girl's Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning

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Helaina Hovitz

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Helaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in middle school just blocks away when the World Trade Center was attacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with PTSD while still living blocks from Ground Zero after living through the events firsthand.



Short Summary

I was in school three blocks from the WTC on September 11, 2001, separated only by a highway and a few sidewalks. It was my second day of seventh grade. After the first plane hit, we were led down to the cafeteria and told not to stop at our lockers. We had no idea what would come next.


New York City

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Helaina Hovitz

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Heroic, Perseverance, Sexy, Aspiring, Beautiful, Engaging, Funny, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Other child survivors, parents, boyfriends, etc.

Age: 12


Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Complex

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Skyhorse

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



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