America is under attack : September 11, 2001 : the day the towers fell (Actual Times, Book 4) (#0778ZN4)

by Brown, Don

8 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Square Fish/Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Price: USD 18.43
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Dewey: 973.931; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.8
AR 5.8 LG 1 136799EN; RC 5.5 3; LEX 840L; F&P U


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Actual Times

Actual Times Book Series by Brown, Don

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This series tells the stories of significant days in American history. Straightforward and accessible, the stories come to life through dramatic watercolor illustrations and quotes from people who were there.

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Includes bibliographical references. Provides a chronological account of September 11, 2001, including the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as the hijacking of a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Square Fish/Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2014
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Series: Actual times ; volume four
  • Edition: First Square Fish edition.
  • Dewey: 973.931
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48981-878-2 (originally 1-25004-415-4)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48981-878-2 (originally 978-1-25004-415-0)
  • Follett Number: 0778ZN4
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.8
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 136799EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 840L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: U

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2012
  • Booklist, 09/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/12
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 11/01/11
  • Library Media Connection, 01/01/12
  • Publishers Weekly Annex, 11/14/11
  • School Library Journal starred, 09/01/11
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/12

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (September 1, 2011 (Vol. 108, No. 1))
Grades 3-5. A treatment of the attacks of September 11 relying heavily on illustration was inevitable, and something readers could anticipate with a mixture of hopefulness and trepidation. Thankfully, Brown’s take, an entry in his Actual Times series, is a model of straightforward, earnest nonfiction writing that brings things to many an uncomfortable point—that cannot be avoided—without going too far. This is not a book about motives: “Al-Qaeda hated America’s power and influence” is about all we get for a backdrop. Brown instead focuses upon the minute-by-minute progression of the attacks, from the initial pandemonium to the firefighters’ attempt at rescue, along the way working in mini stories of various survivors and heroes. Brown’s emotive watercolors keep faces indistinct, though there is no doubt that some of the images are frightening: the fireball blooming in the lobby of the North Tower, people hanging out of blasted upper windows, the two-page spread of black smoke that blots out all else. This is not transcendent, but that is all right; that this solid, well-sourced book makes no major missteps is a wonderful thing in itself.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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