There they stand, the Twin Towers, on the cover of Don Brown's AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK (Roaring Brook, August 2011). Having been in the city recently to celebrate the resident of the back bedroom's high school graduation, I know that I still miss seeing them shining in the skyline. I cannot even imagine what it must have been like 10 years ago when they fell. Don Brown gives readers an account of that fateful morning when the planes hit their targets. He tells of the heroic acts of the despair of those trapped inside the towers and of the horror as people looked on helplessly. Courage, fear, incredulity: it is all here packed into the pages of a book for those readers who do not remember that day, readers much like the resident of the back bedroom, who was 8 at the time, and even younger kids. It is a difficult book for me and, I suspect, will be so for many other readers who have those images forever emblazoned on our minds and hearts. <302>
Astute readers will note that I am once again posting on dates out of sequence. I am doing #bookaday and want to get these multiple books posted before I forget to do so. So, I am posting this on Friday for Sunday. One of these days, I will learn how to schedule a blog post (though I am unsure if LJ has that feature).