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I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001

I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2012
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.

So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes -- and nothing will ever be the same again.

It blows my mind to think that there are people who don’t remember what it was like before September 11. I understand that they need to learn about it, and a historical fiction book is the perfect way. It didn’t make it any easier for me to read. When I heard about the attack, I was in Spanish I. The rest of the day was a mix of watching TV “because it was important to know what was happening” and not watching the news “because it was good to take a break from the tragedy.” I learned so much that day, and nothing was the same afterwards. This book really made me feel like an adult.

That being said, the book was fabulously written. It was a tough subject for the author too, I’m sure. She did a great job writing the story. It wasn’t too detailed or muddled with facts, and the fast pace will keep kids interested. It’s just too bad it couldn’t have been about a girl.