America Is Under Attack

September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell

Actual Times (Volume 4)

Don Brown

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One of School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

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On the ten year anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, a straightforward and sensitive book for a generation of readers too young to remember that terrible day.
 
The events of September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. In the fourth installment of the Actual Times series, Don Brown narrates the events of the day in a way that is both accessible and understandable for young readers. Straightforward and honest, this account moves chronologically through the morning, from the plane hijackings to the crashes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania; from the rescue operations at the WTC site to the collapse of the buildings. Vivid watercolor illustrations capture the emotion and pathos of the tragedy making this an important book about an unforgettable day in American history.

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America is Under Attack
A bright morning sun lit a cloudless blue sky.America started its day. Highways filled with traffic. Railroads rumbled with trains. Airports roared with jetliners.Among the hundreds of planes rising into that flawless blue sky were two from Boston, one from Newark, New Jersey, and one from Washington, D.C. Among their ordinary passengers were nineteen deadly men.They were followers of Osama Bin Laden, leader of an organization known as al-Qaeda. The group hated America's power and influence. Bin Laden promised violence against America.

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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

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Don Brown

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

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

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Kansas William Allen White Award, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award

Hardcover

Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
August 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596436947
ISBN10: 1596436948
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 x 9 inches, 64 pages, full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
$16.99

Trade Paperback

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Square Fish
8/5/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250044150
ISBN10: 1250044154
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 x 9 inches, 64 pages, full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
$8.99

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Kindle Format 8
Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
August 2011
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466809444
ISBN10: 1466809442
eBook Picture Book - Amazon64 pages, full color throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
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