by Lauren Tarshis
I survived the attacks of September 11, 2001 is part of the wonderful series I survived. This one is a more recent addition to America’s History. This event is one that shaped the world that our kids only know. Most of the kids who read this book were just little babies or not even born yet. I remember this day like it was just yesterday.
In this book Lucas comes from a family of firefighters. He has grown up around them and the firehouse that housed ladder 177. So it is only natural that when he finds out he might never play football again he knows he needs to get Uncle Benny on his side and help him talk some sense into his parents. I mean Uncle Benny is the reason he eats, breathes and sleeps football. So he figures he can sneak away from the bus stop, head into NYC, talk with Uncle Benny and head back with out his parents ever finding out. Little did he, Uncle Benny, the firemen of Ladder 177, NYC and the rest of America know but September 11th would be a day that would go down in the history books.
I like how Lauren tells this piece of history and makes it very real. I can picture what happens after the planes hit the twin towers and all the Lucas and the rest of the characters of NYC experience. It was like reading bits and pieces of the news all over again. She doesn’t sugar coat it and not every one makes it. What happens on September 11th affects the characters way past those first few days, weeks and months. This would be a great read aloud for elementary and middle school classrooms on September 11th. This would be a great book to read just because or as a history book.
We are really enjoying this series and I love that each book really is full of historical events. She makes history books and reading likeable. I like that each book includes several pages at the end that talks more about that event. This book includes a timeline of the events, (something I bet you will be amazed as a parent that you remember very well and after all these years), why she wrote this book, and she explains September 11th in kid language that makes these horrible events easier to explain. Another reason this book would be great for the classroom, home school room, or just in your own home bookshelf.