I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001

by Lauren Tarshis illustrated by Scott Dawson

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With engaging writing and relatable characters, this gripping story helps today's students understand the horrifying event that changed the world forever.

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Lucas loves football, but after three concussions in two years, his parents are forcing him to quit the game. There's only one person who can convince his parents to change their minds—Uncle Benny, his father's best friend and fellow firefighter from Ladder 177.

So on the morning of September 11, Lucas sneaks into Manhattan and heads down to the firehouse. But as Lucas and Uncle Benny stand outside talking, a plane flies low overhead—and soon nothing will ever be the same again.

As soon as the plane hits the World Trade Center Tower, the men of Ladder 177 swing into action. Lucas is terrified. But when another plane hits the second tower, he can't wait around the firehouse any longer—he's got to go find his dad. He starts walking downtown—right toward the burning towers…

This sensitive and engaging story also features factual information about the World Trade Center attacks at the end.
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About this Series

With heart-pounding action and high emotional stakes, this well-researched fiction series brings historical disasters to life through the eyes of people who experience them. Each chapter book puts an ordinary kid in the middle of a terrifying event, from a devastating hurricane to an infamous shipwreck. With determination and a bit of luck, these characters survive dangerous situations, reunite with their friends and families, and start to rebuild their lives.

Told in short, gripping chapters with striking black-and-white illustrations, the I Survived stories keep readers on the edges of their seats as they learn about important current events and moments in history. Thoughtful author's notes provide additional background information, timelines, and research and writing tips.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 3 - 5
    • Ages: 8 - 11
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-20700-3