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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
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Summary: Based on the true story of Philippe Petit, a French street performer living in New York City who specialized in tight rope walking, the events occurred in 1974. Petit decided that he wanted to walk from one of the towers of the World Trade Center to the other. At that time the towers were still under construction, so Petit and a friend dressed up as construction workers and managed to bring a four-hundred-and forty-pound spool of cable to the roof of one of the towers. With the help of two additional friends on the opposite tower, they connected the cable from one tower to the other. Early on the morning of August 7, 1974, Petit spent an hour at one thousand three hundred and forty feet in the air, walking and performing from one of the Twin Towers to the other. (Thanks commonsense.org!)

Audience: Ages 8-12

Genre: Picture book

Use: Independent, Read Aloud, Shared Reading

Life Lessons: Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and consequences are inevitable

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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (September 5, 2003)
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