The Story of September 11, 2001 takes a detailed look at a day that, for most of us, is permanently etched in our memories. But now, nine years later, there are school-aged children who have no first-hand memory of what happened that day. Personally, I usually gravitate to fiction over non-fiction, but a recent conversation with my almost 13-year-old son about how little he remembers from September 11th, prompted me to pick this book up. The conversation made me realize that quite a few kids would probably be interested in finding out more.
The book begins with a look at the day as it was experienced by the country: the first and second planes hitting the Twin Towers, the FAA’s discovery that other planes were non-responsive and possibly commandeered, the halt of all air traffic, the plane hitting the Pentagon, the plane crash in Pennsylvania, and the collapse of the towers. It then gives background information on The World Trade Center, Osama bin Laden, the hijackers, the heroes of the day, the Pentagon, the Taliban, and how the U.S. decided to fight back. For those not familiar with what took place that day, this book covers everything they need to know. For those of us who do remember, it serves as a tribute to those who lost their lives on a horrific day in American history.