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America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times) Hardcover – August 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Flash Point; Actual Times edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Explaining the events of September 11, even 10 years afterward, is a task fraught with emotion. Brown's sturdy yet empathetic tone seems just right." --Publishers Weekly Online 
 
“Illustrated on every spread with line-and-wash pictures that are forthright but never sensational, the book is superbly focused and completely honest.” --Horn Book Magazine, Starred review
 
"Brown’s compelling narrative chronologically recounts the morning’s events in a tone both straightforward and compassionate, without resorting to sensationalism." --School Library Journal, starred review
 
“Brown’s take…is a model of straightforward, earnest nonfiction writing that brings things to many an uncomfortable point—that cannot be avoided—without going too far.” --Booklist
 
“Ten years’ distance from the events allows Brown to include in his carefully crafted narrative some details missing in even the best of the children’s titles released closer to September 11, 2001.” --BCCB

About the Author

Don Brown is the author and illustrator of many highly praised picture-book biographies and histories for children, most recently, He Has Shot the President. He lives on Long Island, New York.

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I learned all about what happened that day!
terri nickel
There is plenty of factual information and the human interest stories keep the book exciting.
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Perfect book to introduce 3rd and 4th graders to 9/11.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book about 9/11, written for kids ages 8-12 but appropriate for a wider range. The writing is clear and concise, with a straightforward feel. For the most part, the text is factual, rather than emotional. (Example: "With knives, pepper spray, and threats of bombs, they stormed the four airliner cockpits and wrested control away from the pilots. The jets were no longer just ordinary airplanes; they were weapons. The planes banked away from their planned flight paths and headed for their targets.)

A few real-life individuals are incorporated into the story, and quotes from people who were there are used throughout, which helps bring the events down to a human scale. The illustrations are beautiful -- watercolors, I believe -- and suggestive rather than highly detailed, which leads the reader to imagine what it might have been like to be there.

Although the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash site each get a 2-page spread, the Twin Towers are the main focus of the book. The Author's Note at the ends provides some additional information, and the book also includes a bibliography.

I think this book would make an excellent introduction to 9/11 for anyone too young to remember it, and also a good tool to begin discussions with children and younger teens. Perfect for use in school or at home. It brought tears to my eyes, and there is also much that is uplifting. Highly recommend.

(Note: I received a free advance reading copy of this book from the publisher at an American Library Association Annual Conference. I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Roaring Brook Press!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2011
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I was riveted by this account of the events of September 11. I can not wait to read it with my Grade 5 -6 ESL students (I'll post another review then). There is plenty of factual information and the human interest stories keep the book exciting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denessa Dudley on October 5, 2013
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I love how this author takes the Times information about 9/11 and writes it for children to understand. It is in chronological order dipicting that day's events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on September 6, 2013
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This book was just what I was looking for: A great way to present the facts of 9-11 to my 7th and 8th grade students. The book was short enough to read in a class period. 7th and 8th graders have some pretty intense questions and this book presented the facts in a way that led us to a wonderful, authentic discussion. I recommended it to all my teacher friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JCM on October 6, 2013
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This story is written in such a manner that my students (4th grade) were able to grasp the concept of what really happened on 9/11. None of my students were born yet, so to them, it's surreal. Excellent read.
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By terri nickel on March 27, 2014
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I learned all about what happened that day! This book it good. It is a William Allen White book at my school!
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By Satisfied in georgia on March 23, 2014
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The perfect tool to explain the hideous day to young readers without scarring them. It is factual but it doesn't emphasize the gory aspects. Great read for grandmas like me to share with the young ones.
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By Gabriela Cuevas on September 6, 2013
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It's a very interesting book I like it a lot
It's a very interesting book because it gives a lot of details
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