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. Read on for a full review of the graphic novel I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001.
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Review and Summary of I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001
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 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.
In summary, 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 Osama Bin Laden’s role and his capture years later.