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We All Fall Down (We All Fall Down #1)

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Today is September 10, 2001, and Will, a grade nine student, is spending the day at his father’s workplace tomorrow. As part of a school assignment, all the students in his class will be going with their parents tomorrow, but Will isn’t excited about it – he’d rather sleep in and do nothing with his friends. His father doesn’t even have an exciting job like his best friend ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Doubleday Canada
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Sep 21, 2008 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
absolutely amazing
Sep 30, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first books I had read that was based on the attacks on 9/11. I watched most of the TV coverage of 9/11 as I didn't work until 130PM that day and it has always left me stunned and appalled.

This teen book was excellently written and had me crying over the images all over again. Since I read this one, I have searched out more by this wonderfully touching teen author.
Nov 25, 2008 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great reanactment of 9/11. And a great story of finding the best and people and never giving up
Apr 04, 2010 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
We all know what the 9/11 is. And we all know the story about why it happened from the perspective of viewers. But no one really knows what the people INSIDE the towers thought. Well thanks to Eric Walters, readers now know a different side of the story. When a young boy goes to his father's work at the twin towers he choose the wrong day to come. Disaster strikes and the two have to find a way to survive.
Jun 21, 2011 Blackraven rated it it was amazing
The events starts at 10th September 2001. Will isn't happy to have with his father. He doesn't have the best relationship with him. From his point of view it would be better if he's at home. The following day will change his sight of his father. They start the following day at the tram with hundreds of people. Will is seeing how his father works and where he works. He leads his son through the World Trade Center, where thousands of people were working. He shows it to him and the spirit that is i ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Brina rated it it was ok
New York, der 11. September 2001: Für Will könnte es momentan nicht schlimmer sein: Das neue Schuljahr hat gerade begonnen und direkt zu Beginn muss er einen Tag lang für ein Schulprojekt seinen Vater bei der Arbeit begleiten. Da das Verhältnis zu seinem Vater eher schlecht als recht ist, stellt sich Will auf einen schlimmen Tag ein.
Das sich dieser Gedanke derartig bewahrheitet, konnte jedoch niemand ahnen, denn das World Trade Center, in dem sein Vater arbeitet, wird von Terroristen angegriffen
Emme Lee
Sep 22, 2011 Emme Lee rated it liked it
"We All Fall Down" is a novel written by Eric Walters. The plot is based on the event, 911. Will, the protagonist, is visiting his Dad's workplace as part of a school assignment. His Dad works in the south tower in the World Trade Center in New York. During Will's visit to his Dad's office, the tragic event of 911 is re-illustrated. As readers, we follow Will and his Dad's journey as they try to escape the tower. As Will's teacher says the day before "tomorrow might be an experience that changes ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Sydney rated it liked it
i liked the way the suspence build up but the ending didnt close my attencion about james father. i still dont know what happend to him did he die or did he survive.also this book did not grab my attenition because i dont think i am interested in this topic . i dont think i would read the second book because i am not interested in this topic.i think eric walters is a good author because of the way he makes you feel like your there in the tower with will and his father.if this story was writen by ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Hilary rated it liked it
This book was very boring in the begining. I found Will's thoughts abot his dad got annoying after awhile. I really liked how Eric Waters described the way Will felt and the book was very descriptive. I wish as Will , his dad and ting were trying to get out of the building that it wasnt so easy for them. It was a pretty good book but i was bored until about the fifth chapter
Oct 25, 2011 Madisyn rated it it was amazing

this book in my opinion was very good there was lots ofaction and supese between the characters will and his father john this book is about the disaster of the twin this book will goes to his dads work in the south toweronce the get there his father is all business he is straight onthe phone, will has a strong dislike forhis father because he has missed a lot of important events in his life. Then it happens the first tower is hit right before wills eyes as the officewa
Cynthia Hill
Oct 26, 2011 Cynthia Hill rated it really liked it
My daughter brought this book, and it's sequel, "United We Stand" home after reading part of them at school. She was only five months old on 9/11, and she and her friends are at the age now where they're trying to wrap their heads around what happened. Some of her friends weren't even born yet. There is a LOT of detail in this book, about what it must have been like in the towers while people were trying to evacuate. As someone who lived through those days (albeit watching on television for days ...more

one of my favorite books I ever read in my entire LIFE!!!!

like its such a page-turning book! I was glued to it!!

So basiclly its about a boy who goes to work with his father(it was a take you kid to work day). His dad works in the Trade Center in New York. So that day when he takes his kid to work a plane crashes into to north tower and since the dad is the boss of the place he has to get everyone out of the south tower( its a rule). then the tower that the boy
Nov 18, 2012 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
We all fall down by Eric Walters relives the day of 9/11. Will is sent to his fathers work space in the world trade towers because of an assignment from his school. The teacher had said that this experience would change your life. There he lived the day of 9/11 and Walters re-illustrated it. This story is about the crazy escape Will and his father had to go through to get to safety. Dating back to what the teacher had told them, this experience really changed the lives of Will and everyone else ...more
Matthew Whitelaw
Feb 03, 2013 Matthew Whitelaw rated it it was amazing
A novel from one of the country’s most prolific and popular YA authors, this book, set in New York City on September 11th, shows us how the experiences of that day profoundly changed one teen’s life and relationships.

Today is September 10, 2001, and Will, a grade nine student, is spending the day at his father’s workplace tomorrow. As part of a school assignment, all the students in his class will be going to their parents tomorrow, but Will isn’t excited about it–he’d rather sleep in and do not
Aug 21, 2013 J rated it really liked it
A while ago i choose to read this book for a book report, i choose it because I had always wanted to read it and thought it would be the perfect book. For the book report I had to write an oral report, today i found my oral report and thought I'd post a sample of it here, I must admit it was definitely not my best work, but this book was Eric Walters best work. So here it is:

"I find that Eric Walters has a very interesting writing style. I find his writing style attracts readers and when you're
Autumn Tomlinson

"Tomorrow might be an experience that changes your whole life"
We All Fall Down is by Eric Walters. The story is about a boy named Will going to his dads office in The World Trade Center on September 11,2001. That the day and place that 9/11 happened. The main characters are Will, Wills dad and mom, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, Wills best friend, James, and Mr. Bennett's co workers. The main adventure is obviously 9/11 and everybody trying to get out. I can't really relate to except when Wills mother i
Taylor Groom
Oct 30, 2013 Taylor Groom rated it really liked it
My book is called we all fall down and it is about a student in grade nine named Will and school just stared school and it was bring our kid to work day. he did wont to goto his dad work because he thought it would be boring because his dad worked at the World Trade center. On September 11 2001 they went to the twine tower and at 8:49 one plane hit and at 9:03 the second hit i put it in the genera of historical fiction
Feb 20, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
This book was a very good read for people that are interested on the topic of 9/11. Al tho.... people need to remember what this book is about and not how action packed or boring it was.
Lorraine Montgomery
Jan 03, 2015 Lorraine Montgomery rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: grade 5 and up
Shelves: favorites
Eric Walters is one of my favourite authors of books for children. We All Fall Down is one of his best historical fiction works. Students from grade 5 or 6 on up should have the maturity to handle the subject matter in this novel.

We join Will Fuller (the narrator) and his best friend James at the beginning of their grade nine year as they settle into their history class -- new school, new friends, new teacher. Will's decided he likes his new history teacher, Mrs. Phelps. "She was interested in h
Taylor Robinson
Oct 31, 2015 Taylor Robinson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction/Young Adult Fans
Shelves: 5-stars, owned-books
"This wasn't just any place. We were in New York City. In the heart of New York City, the center of the country... heck, the center of the universe. And here we were just a short subway ride away from the very heart of the heart... where my father's office was... the World Trade Center."
(Page 46, iBooks)

I've always been interested in learning about the events that occured on 9/11, so when I discovered this book and realized it was made for young-adults and was a historical fiction, I put it on t
Jul 27, 2015 Erika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-and-youth, 2015
Wow. I will never forget watching the second plane hit the south tower on 9/11. Any books that have mentioned it that I have read have made me think, "too soon." But this book is different. Told by Will, this is his story about escaping from the south tower with his father after it was hit. A page turner that honours the bravery of the people who helped others during this tragic event.
Reza Hates Pudding
Mar 03, 2016 Reza Hates Pudding rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Reza by: Novel Study At School
We all fall down (Spoilers will not ruin anything because there are none.)
Dear Eric Walters:
We all fall down was a book about a boy and his father in New York’s world trade center where Will’s(The main protagonist) father John is giving Will a tour of the SOUTH tower where he works. All of a sudden they hear a loud explosion, they look outside and see smoke coming out of the North tower. So as usual people would evacuate so they did. The part I just talked about was the first 4-6 chapters and th
Mar 03, 2016 Youssef rated it did not like it
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Chongmin Alicia
May 23, 2016 Chongmin Alicia rated it it was ok
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Michael Sim
Jun 20, 2016 Michael Sim rated it really liked it
Falling head over heels for the cute girl in his history class, with dreams of staring in a band Will Fuller is your average American teenager. Along with being an average teenager comes with a busy father, a father that Will just doesn't seem to see enough of these days. Will's father a powerful executive spends more time in his office then he dose at home. Will seems less then interested when he gets to spend a whole day in his fathers office with him observing and watching his dad in action. ...more
Sue Lauzon
Jul 23, 2016 Sue Lauzon rated it liked it
It was very hard to rate this book. Although it was well written and a quick read (it's less than 200 pages) the subject matter of the book could be disturbing to many readers out there. Please do not read this story if thoughts of the events on September 11, 2001 cause you any type of emotional distress. It's a story of a young man (Will, a grade nine student) who goes to work with his dad on that fateful day as part of a class project. His father works for a trade company in the south building ...more
Oct 22, 2016 Carie rated it really liked it
Fifteen years later it's still extremely difficult for me to read about 9/11. Eric Walter's novel recreates that horrible day through the eyes of a teenage boy who goes to work with his father in the South Tower on the day of the attack. The story spares many horrible details, but does mention the fact that people jumped from the buildings to escape a death by fire. A few mild cuss words, but still appropriate I think for my 5th-6th graders who are mature enough to read about the 9/11 experience ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, history
This book has a powerful story. The reader will feel the emotions the characters felt as they tried to escape the tower.
Oct 07, 2016 Cubefish rated it really liked it
This is such a good book! Each page gave me a mini heart attack! Even close to the end, Eric manages to put a massive fist clenching chapter!
Oct 17, 2016 Luca rated it it was amazing
This book was inspiring, and very well written. "We All Fall Down" does not only give an better explanation for 9/11 but it lets you under stand it in new ways. The author really connects you to the characters, and their emotions right from the beginning. This is a great book for ages 11 up even though some parts are a bit depressing.
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Eric was born in Toronto in 1957, which makes him "real old". But, as Eric says, "Just because I have to grow old doesn't mean that I have to grow up!" In his many roles as parent, teacher, social worker, youth sports coach and writer he is in constant contact with children and young adults. He draws from these experiences and feels that this helps him to capture the realistic interaction between ...more
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