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America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2011: The Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times)

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

One of Horn Book’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

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 A
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Yikes. Obviously, America is Under Attack touches upon some very scary, and very real, situations surrounding the 9-11 attacks. It was pretty hard to read, even though this is a simplified and more "friendly" recount of the tragedy, meant for children.

I have not read any other books from Brown's "Actual Times" series about historical events, but I did think this was a good way to tell the story of September 11th -- the tragedy of it, the heroes that sacrificed their own lives to save complete s...more
538 PM Jeremy Kossak
America Under Attack is a powerful retelling of the events of the terrorist attacks that took place that fateful morning of September 11th, 2001. Even today, the terrorist attacks on New York are not easy to discuss. I was shocked and amazed at what this book accomplished in 64 pages. This book is intended for the elementary grades, however middle school students can also learn a lot about this day. Readers will also understand the feeling of great loss and sacrifice endured by the victims of th...more

How does a country deal with tragedy? How do parents and teachers explain unfathomable events to children? Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, many adults attempted to shield children from seeing the images of the planes flying into the towers. We turned off the news when footage was broadcast, and we avoided discussing the events in the presence of our kids. The country was on edge, and we didn't want to scare our children.

Literature is an ef...more
Rachel Bormann
Audience: primary

Genre: America is Under Attack fits is part of the nonfiction genre. It depicts the tragic events and informs readers about the terrorist attack that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Award: School Library Journal Best Nonfiction: 2011

America is Under Attack is intended to provide young readers with an understanding of the terrorist attacks that have greatly impacted the United States. The events that transpired on September 11, 2001 can be quite difficult for students to u...more
Heather Pool
This book can be for anyone and for grades third through fifth. The audience is really for anyone. This book is a story about the world trade centers and the pentagon on 9/11. It was very factual but also had somewhat of a story. For example, it introduced a few characters (real people) and what happened to them but mostly the book was about what happened that day and why it is important. I thought this book was very factual on what happened and I actually learned a few things in the process! I...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a good book for educating children (ages 9 through 13) about what happened on 9/11. Its strengths are telling the stories of specific individuals, including many of the rescuers, and the lovely watercolor paintings.

Some background is definitely given, so some of the big picture does come across. But, I’d say this book should not be the only book used to learn about the events that took place on 9/11. There are a lot of statistics given though, lots of numbers.

Alternately heartbreaking a...more
At the tenth anniversary of September 11, the question arises, how do we talk to children about what happened that day. The children I work with weren't even born when it happened. How do we help students understand the event without giving more detail than is appropriate. Don Brown has answered that question beautifully. He gives the basic string of events, but he also humanizes the story by quoting and telling the experiences of some of those who were there that day. The illustrations provide...more
Megan Wismer
Audience: 3rd-6th Grade
Genre: Non fiction
Blooms Questions:
Remembering- Can you tell me three events that happened on September 11, 2001?
Understanding- Describe what people realized after the second plane hit?
Applying- What questions would you ask if you could question one of the passengers in the 4th plane, that crashed into the Pennsylvania field?
Analyzing- How would you compare the firefighters attitude and outlook going up the starts to the office workers going down?
Evaluating- Justify the re...more
This was remarkable. Of course, for adults at least, it is a review of events none of us will forget. But this is written for children who are too young to remember 9/11. Without any sensationalism, remarkable in itself, it simply but not simplistically tells what happened that day. The pictures are dramatic, but again, not sensational. The two, text and illustration, work together perfectly. This got lots of talk when first published and was by far the best of the 9/11 books I found for childre...more
Brandi Smith
This nonfiction picturebook was recognized as one of The School Library Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011. It chronicles the events that took plae on the morning of September 11,2001. The target audience for this book is children 8-12 years old(I).
I gave this book 4 stars. The author recounts the events of 9/11 in a way that is serious but not intimidating. He gives just the right amount of detail to inform the young reader without making him fearful. The color palette used in the illustra...more
An excellent account of the events immediately before, during, and after the September 11th terrorist attack on the US. Don Brown weaves together factual information and people's first hand accounts into a powerful narrative for younger readers.

A concise first look at the events on that terrible day.
Adrienne Furness
This is the book about 9/11 that my library's needed all these years--straightforward, factual, sensitive, and including the stories of actual people. This will be a useful and important book for kids for a long time to come.
Melba Deoleo
This book tells readers of the event that occurred on September 11th, 2001. This was a tragic event and this book does a good job at making the information easy to understand to young students. It takes the reader on a journey through the morning when the plane hijackings took place, to the crashes that took place at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvanian. It also talks about all the rescues that took place at he world trade center. I would use this book to inform my students abo...more
Edward Sullivan
An excellent chronicle of the tragic day for readers too young to remember or not yet born. I especially like the focus on individual victims and survivors. Vivid, emotional and powerful.
When I first saw this at the library I was shell shcoked. First: I couldn't believe this was a history book, it made me feel REALLY old. I was a little nervous about how it would be told because I remember that day so very well.

The story was easy to read, well-written and simple to follow. I was in tears by the end, probably because it just brought back all of those memories. It was a touching story and I liked that it focused on several different people so the whole story was told.

It's a good...more
Margaret Janavicius
“A bright morning sun lit a cloudless blue sky. America started its day … 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.” On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States, Don Brown, author of several children’s non-fiction books, presents readers with a straightforward and touching ac...more
Jenna Foiles
Audience: Primary

Genre: Informational Picture Book

Twin Text: "America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell" is an informational picture book about September 11th and the attacks on the twin towers in New York. The main focus seems to be on the rescues of the people in the tower. It gives the students an eye opening lesson about the how hard it was for the people in the tower to get out and how hard it was for the rescue crews to go in and help. It discusses everything to...more
This is nonfiction for children, but I have a hard time deciding upon an age for it. I think it might be meant for primary to intermediate children. Needless to say this book is about 9/11/01 and the events that happened on that day. It’s really a great book. I read it on my Kindle so I was a bit disappointed that I could not see the pictures in color, but even in black and white the pictures were amazing. I think I saw in the description that the pictures were water color, I can’t find that inf...more
Stephanie Croaning
This is the fourth book in Don Brown's Actual Times series, which covers important days in history. Brown has done an excellent job writing a book for grades 3-6 that provides a chronological detail of the events that occurred at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. Without making it highly emotional, Brown provides information, a timeline, and statistics from the events, while also adding enough human interest stories to keep childre...more
This book does not inform children about the whole political issues around the violence between United States and the Middle East. What is more, it portrays Al Qaeda agents as "deadly" hijackers who are madly hateful for no special reason. To me, the most shocking phrase in the book is this one: "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." Hopefully s...more
Yikes. Obviously, America is Under Attack touches upon some very scary, and very real, situations surrounding the 9-11 attacks. It was pretty hard to read, even though this is a simplified and more "friendly" recount of the tragedy, meant for children.

I have not read any other books from Brown's "Actual Times" series about historical events, but I did think this was a good way to tell the story of September 11th -- the tragedy of it, the heroes that sacrificed their own lives to save complete s...more
David Perilo
Audience-This book would be good for 3rd-6th grade students. The reason i conclude this age group is due to the events on this day being so catastrophic and horrifying younger students may not be able to understand what happened or may become fearful.

Appeal- The appeal this book would bring is the beautiful watercolor artwork and the detail it brings to each scene. Students will definitely be drawn into this book due to the fact that it had made such an impact on the country in which they live....more
Alexa Mazur
Many people remember that awful day. The day America changed forever. September 11, 2001 was a day that many people that were alive to witness, will never forget. September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell, is a book that takes us all back to that dreadful day. This book addresses things that parents may have a difficult time discussing with their children. The topics of death and heroism are two topics that this book mainly focuses on. The beautiful exuberant pictures in this book, make it eas...more
Audience: Juvenile, ages 6 and up
Genre: Non-Fiction
Format: Picture Book

Non-Fiction E-Book downloaded from America is Under Attack:September 11, 2001
I really liked how the pictures portrayed the emotion that was felt by all Americans who experienced this horrible event. The text is written in such simple terms for younger readers to understand what did occur on September 11th. The reader is able to experience the event as it is being read to them or as they read it independently.

Audience: Primary (K-3)
Genre: Informational Picture Book

Twin Text: The Little Chapel That Stood by A.B Curtiss
Synopsis from Goodreads:
"Beautifully illustrated book tells of the historic chapel less than 100 yards from the Twin Towers that miraculously survived on 9-11. Firemen hung their shoes on the fence and raced to help the people in the towers: Oh what gallant men did we lose/Who never came back to get their shoes. The story of terror overcome by courage and bravery that teaches us no one...more
This is an excellent book about 9/11, written for kids ages 8-12 but appropriate for a wider range. The writing is clear and concise, with a straightforward feel. For the most part, the text is factual, rather than emotional. (Example: "With knives, pepper spray, and threats of bombs, they stormed the four airliner cockpits and wrested control away from the pilots. The jets were no longer just ordinary airplanes; they were weapons. The planes banked away from their planned flight paths and heade...more
Mrs. Knott
Excellent book to give to children to understand the events of 9.11. The book explains the events well, and does not leave out some of the darkest moments. Young readers may need an adult to help guide and discuss with them as they read, while older readers will need less guidance. A hard book to read about a very important day in our history. Don Brown, as usual, does a great job including his notes, sources and quotes.
Danielle Harriger
PB 12: I enjoyed this non-fiction work because it presented a very devastating, and complex event in terms that were both easy for children to understand and respectful of the victims of the attack. I was most drawn into this book when it began emphasizing the courage from firefighters and everyday people that were involved in the attacks, rather than focusing on the bombers. I think it is very important to emphasize to children the courageous, selfless stories of people trapped in the towers wh...more
Even though 9/11 happened more than 10 years ago, and even though I was not personally affected by the tragic events of that day, this book brought up a lot of emotions for me. Just like most everyone, I know exactly where I was when I first heard about what was happening; I still remember sitting in my Foundations classroom (like homeroom) watching the second plane hit, and the stations flashing images of what the skyline of NY used to be, and what it now was.

That said, this is a well-written...more
From the jacket, "On a beautiful September morning four planes crossed the sky on a deadly mission. Two crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City; one crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington, D. C.; and the fourth plane crashed in a field of Pennsylvania. The impact of the events on September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. In America is Under Attack, the narration moves chronologically through the morning: from the plane hijackings to the crashes at the World Trade Cente...more
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