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America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Frank picture book account of 9/11 balances fact, feeling.

Book Don Brown History 2011
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

A great visual walk through a terrible day in the recent American past!

I have many students that are into comics and graphic novels, so this book is an absolutely great introduction to a day which they all should know about, but were not yet alive to experience. I particularly appreciated how the author weaved in personal stories from both survivors and victims. This helped bring home the reality of the event for my students.

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age 16+


i think its a great book

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

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This is an excellent book that finds the perfect balance between fact and feeling in describing the horrific event of 9/11. Readers who lived through that time, as well as those who were not born yet, will find value in this account, due to the straightforward presentation of facts and the masterful use of watercolor illustrations to amplify the narrative. The title, designed like a newspaper headline (the Actual Times), sets a journalistic tone, and the story that follows rings true.

Book Details

  • Author: Don Brown
  • Illustrator: Don Brown
  • Genre: History
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: August 16, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 6 - 10
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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