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A gripping graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001, in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport A gripping graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001, in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan. The next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes -- and nothing will ever be the same again. Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series comes to vivid life in bold graphic novels. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. Includes a nonfiction section at the back with facts and photos about the real-life event.


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A gripping graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001, in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport A gripping graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001, in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan. The next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes -- and nothing will ever be the same again. Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series comes to vivid life in bold graphic novels. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. Includes a nonfiction section at the back with facts and photos about the real-life event.

30 review for I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    My middle school students LOVE the I Survived series! I'm so glad these books are being adapted into graphic novel formats to make these stories even more accessible and engaging for kids! Having graphics to help kids visualize these historical events that happened before they were born is so helpful. I appreciated the several pages of back matter in this book to help young readers understand more of what happened that tragic day and the days, months, and years after. My middle school students LOVE the I Survived series! I'm so glad these books are being adapted into graphic novel formats to make these stories even more accessible and engaging for kids! Having graphics to help kids visualize these historical events that happened before they were born is so helpful. I appreciated the several pages of back matter in this book to help young readers understand more of what happened that tragic day and the days, months, and years after.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This graphic novel version follows the 2012 text version closely, but the pictures are helpful in understanding what happened. Twenty years after this terrible event, this is ancient history to young readers, who know only what they have read about the event or studied in school. I did really enjoy the illustration style of Egbert, which would lend itself beautifully to a middle grade graphic novel all about football! (Lucas' story starts with a football game.) Wi E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This graphic novel version follows the 2012 text version closely, but the pictures are helpful in understanding what happened. Twenty years after this terrible event, this is ancient history to young readers, who know only what they have read about the event or studied in school. I did really enjoy the illustration style of Egbert, which would lend itself beautifully to a middle grade graphic novel all about football! (Lucas' story starts with a football game.) With all of the information about concussions that has come out in the years since the original publication, this is even more timely today! From my review of the original: Lucas loves spending time with his firefighter dad, but after his father is injured in the line of duty, he starts to spend a lot of time with a coworker of his father who helps out, Uncle Benny. Uncle Benny gets Lucas interested in football, but too many concussions make football something that Lucas can no longer be permitted to do. Angry at this diagnosis, Lucas goes into New York City to visit Benny-- just in time to see the World Trade Center bombed. Uncle Benny responds to the call for help, and Lucas's father also arrives, pulling Lucas to safety inside a building when one of the towers collapses. While things, obviously, did not turn out well for many people that day, the ending is not as sad as it could be for Lucas and his family. This is a very short book told from a point of view that middle school students can understand. I liked that included additional information about football and concussions!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Fryman

    Available August 3, 2021! One Sentence Summary: NY Firefighter's son POV during 9/11, now in a GN adaptation! Reminds Me of: I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (novel) meets In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks Three Reasons You Should Read This: 1) Lauren Tarshis is amazing with MG historical fiction. 2) This will be the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 3) Fantastic buddy read if you have young readers in your li Available August 3, 2021! One Sentence Summary: NY Firefighter's son POV during 9/11, now in a GN adaptation! Reminds Me of: I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (novel) meets In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks Three Reasons You Should Read This: 1) Lauren Tarshis is amazing with MG historical fiction. 2) This will be the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 3) Fantastic buddy read if you have young readers in your life with questions about this infamous day. One Thing You Should Know Before You Pick it Up: This is a graphic novelization of the previously released chapter book of the same name. So this would be an excellent way to get a struggling reader into a fantastic series with lots of options! (so many titles as chapter books, and a growing list be adapted to GN format!) Favorite Quote (taken from my early reader's copy): "Dad and I marched out of the dust...and we kept marching on. Together." (p. 140-141) *Disclaimer: I received a an early copy of this title for review from Graphix via Edelweiss.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Possibly an unpopular opinion: I don't love all middle grade graphic novels. Some of them are terrible. BUT some of them are really good, and this one falls into the second category. Lauren Tarshis is a master storyteller, and her style shows in this adaptation. She does great research, makes the stories very accessible to middle grade or upper elementary kiddos, and presents everything with class - it's so easy to use dramatized or sensationalized images and stories but she keeps it manageable a Possibly an unpopular opinion: I don't love all middle grade graphic novels. Some of them are terrible. BUT some of them are really good, and this one falls into the second category. Lauren Tarshis is a master storyteller, and her style shows in this adaptation. She does great research, makes the stories very accessible to middle grade or upper elementary kiddos, and presents everything with class - it's so easy to use dramatized or sensationalized images and stories but she keeps it manageable and straightforward. All of my kids read this book when I brought it home, ages 17, 15, 12, and 10. I've been a big fan of pretty much anything that I've read by Ms. Tarshis.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Ooof 😭 all the memories/feels.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Scholastic Books provided a ARC in exchange for an honest review. Almost 20 years after the events of 9/11, Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 is being released in graphic novel form. Graphic novels are incredibly popular with tweens and this story in graphic novel form is a great way to introduce a new generation the 9/11 events. It's key for kids to learn of what eventually sets off the United States being involved in a 20 year war. I Survived the Attacks of September Scholastic Books provided a ARC in exchange for an honest review. Almost 20 years after the events of 9/11, Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 is being released in graphic novel form. Graphic novels are incredibly popular with tweens and this story in graphic novel form is a great way to introduce a new generation the 9/11 events. It's key for kids to learn of what eventually sets off the United States being involved in a 20 year war. I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 begins with a boy named Lucas who loves football. After a particularly brutal hit his family discovers he has CTE and must give up playing. Devastated Lucas turns to his Uncle Benny who is a firefighter like his Dad. Angry at the turn of events, Lucas sneaks off and takes the train to New York City to get Benny’s advice but arrives just when the planes hit the World Trade Towers. While Uncle Benny attempts to help people who are fleeing the dust and devastation, Lucas realizes that his own father might also be responding to the terrible scene. Author Lauren Tarshis is a master at portraying up panic and confusion during different disasters and this book is a great example. Readers will learn about the dangers of CTE and concussions, and they will also see a sliver of what firefighters experienced during that tragic day. One can’t know truly what the first responders were feeling but Tarshis does a good job of creating the feeling of urgency and danger throughout the day. I thought the illustrations really complimented the story and the choice of colors were on point. Like many of her other books. I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 has a section at the end of the novel that shares some real life information and facts regarding September 11 including information on the Osama Bin Laden’s role and his capture years later. Rating 4/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    I was shopping for school supplies with my 9yo and left her browsing the books, while I chose unbreakable rulers from the next alley. She came to me and told me that this book looked cool. I agreed and offer to buy it, but I told her a bit of the background, knowing she's very sensitive. She decided not to take it then, but when I looked for her a few minutes later, she was still looking at it. We took the book home and read it together. The story is well written, with a kid getting caught in the I was shopping for school supplies with my 9yo and left her browsing the books, while I chose unbreakable rulers from the next alley. She came to me and told me that this book looked cool. I agreed and offer to buy it, but I told her a bit of the background, knowing she's very sensitive. She decided not to take it then, but when I looked for her a few minutes later, she was still looking at it. We took the book home and read it together. The story is well written, with a kid getting caught in the middle of the attacks, while trying to a firefighter to convince his parents to let him continue playing football after having a couple of concussions. He's in the middle of this when the planes hit the towers. Miraculously, he reunites with his dad, another firefighter suffering from PTDSF (even before the attacks) and together they survive the attacks. The author achieved a good balance, showing the horrors of the day, but not getting into the gory details. There's a photo of Bin Laden at the end, and we talked about how he was killed and his body disposed of. My kid was conflicted because she felt she was happy with Bin Laden being killed and going to hell, so we took this chance to discuss how not even killing is black or white, there's always a context and, in this case, her feelings were perfectly understandable and OK. Recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 5 stars = Outstanding! Great story, great artwork. The 9/11 story is sandwiched into a story about playing football and concussions, but it's all woven together seamlessly. The football pieces set up why the kid is in the city on a school day and also gives a nice wrap up to a serious situation. The artwork complements the story perfectly. Highly recommend for graphic novel [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 5 stars = Outstanding! Great story, great artwork. The 9/11 story is sandwiched into a story about playing football and concussions, but it's all woven together seamlessly. The football pieces set up why the kid is in the city on a school day and also gives a nice wrap up to a serious situation. The artwork complements the story perfectly. Highly recommend for graphic novel fans, I Survived fans, and kids who want to know more about 9/11.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I think this was a good format for such an intense, recent event. I did think the beginning and end were a little silly and the concussion side story was completely unnecessary amid the bigger story being told, but otherwise I found the work to be solid. The illustrations are excellent and make the story accessible for even more students. Look forward to using this in my classroom.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Powell

    Fantastic graphic adaptation of the original chapter book. The graphics do a wonderful job of adding to the tension and horror of the day without dwelling on the more horrific aspects. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hung

    The art was great. The story has just enough details to be appropriate for younger readers. Hopefully it would be enough to encourage readers who are interested in the topic to lookup books that go more in-depth such as The Only Plane In The Sky.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tessa Baer

    The visuals were done so well. As someone who watched the attacks on TV at the age of 9, it brought me right back to that day. This will be a great book for kids to understand the events of that day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hildreth

    I think this is a good book. I like graphic novels, and I think that the kids will enjoy it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I enjoyed this much more than the chapter book! I generally avoid graphic novels (just not interested) but this format will help kids better understand what it was like that day.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tam Newell

    When a kids’ book can make me cry every time I read it…. Even in graphic novel form, this is an emotional story and worth the read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    S

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lucas, a young football player, suffers from concussion after an accident during practice. He is depressed. One day, he decides to skip school and go to his father's fire station to ask one of his father's friends to convince his parents to let him continue play it. But his pleas are cut short when a plane crashes into the North Tower and all the firemen are called to look into the situation. This book reminds me of the horrible day of 11 September 2001. The book beautifully tells about what happ Lucas, a young football player, suffers from concussion after an accident during practice. He is depressed. One day, he decides to skip school and go to his father's fire station to ask one of his father's friends to convince his parents to let him continue play it. But his pleas are cut short when a plane crashes into the North Tower and all the firemen are called to look into the situation. This book reminds me of the horrible day of 11 September 2001. The book beautifully tells about what happened that day and its aftermath. The plot also tells us about the families who are still suffering because of it. I loved the bravery shown by Lucas's father during such a tragedy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaci

  18. 5 out of 5

    S. Meyer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Boyd Dart

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Licht

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lrichardson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nico

  29. 5 out of 5

    Connor

  30. 5 out of 5

    Corinna Motola

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