Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Review: "I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001" by Lauren Tarshis

Confession:  I was incredibly scared to read this book.  Most adults that I have talked to about this book have said the same thing.  But one thing was certain - no matter how scared I was, I needed to read it before my son did.  I had to prepare myself.

As those images and feelings race through my mind the minute I hear or read "September 11", even just typing that right now, I feel the start of tears in my eyes.  I don't openly cry anymore, but there is that feeling, that suddenly hard to swallow feeling that will always be there.  And my son, and most teens today don't understand what that feels like.... they are too young for that association.

So for that, I applaud the author for including this event in her extremely popular "I Survived" series of books for middle grade readers.  The series takes tragic historic events, and tells what happened through the eyes of a fictional young person who "was there".  By giving us the characters of Lucas and his firefighter father and uncle, she has created a story that stays true to the horror of that day in such a way that young kids can start to understand it (or at least a little of why mom gets choked up) but not have nightmares.

I also really appreciated the authors note, the time line of events and the simple question and answer segment in the back, after the story.  Even so, I anticipate a good conversation with my son once he has finished reading.  He loves these books, by the way and would recommend them to other 3rd-4th graders!

*****
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001
by Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2012
82 pages
Series:  I Survived #6
Source:  Library
*****

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