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In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers

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In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers is a graphic novel about September 11. It is a quick read and has a lot of good, probably unknown, facts about September 11 and the stories surrounding it. It talks about firefighters, people in government leadership, troops in Afghanistan, and more. It  jumped around and that made it hard to follow at times. Some people were mentioned in one frame and never mentioned again. Overall, a good book about September 11 for middle school kids. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.
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E ARC provided by Netgalley

In his America is Under Attack (2011), Brown covered the attacks of 9/11. This addresses some of that day, following the stories of people who escaped the towers or who were involved as first responders. There is also a lot of information about the clean up that I haven't read about since it was covered in the newspapers. The information is presented in a fast paced way that covers a lot of different viewpoints, using Brown's inimitable art style. I know that my teachers like to use America is Under Attack with students who might be more sensitive, since the illustrations offer a layer of distance that photographs do not. There is an informative list of statistics about the people who died at the end. 

This is certainly a good book to use for addressing this topic with students on this twentieth anniversary of the event.
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I am sure this is a wonderful book, but it’s just too hard for me to read in electronic format!  Guessing about the stars, really like this author’s work!
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This graphic novel starts out a little bit like news, but as you read through it, you see the destruction that happened on 9/11, the trauma that so many suffered, and the hard work and goodwill to help survivors. There are also a few snippets about how American military reacted in Afghanistan. This is recommended for grades 7+ (ages 12 and up), and this is due to a few mentions of interrogating and torturing Taliban (eg. waterboarding ). I would definitely recommend this for teens.
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A very moving story of 9/11 told in a graphic novel form. Our current generation does not know/did not live through 9/11 and the impact it had on our nation. I think a graphic novel is a great way to teach and encourage students to learn more about 9/11.
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This is an important book. I'm glad Don Brown chose to create a graphic book about 9/11 -- he makes it accessible for younger readers, while still being honest about the hardship and grief. But it is just as good for adults by offering a way to remember and learn about such a heavy time in a simpler form of narration. Even though I was in my 20s during 9/11, I still learned new things about what happened and who all were affected.
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This is a amazing book with mind blowing images.  It tells the true story of 9/11 and beyond in a way you have probably never expected.  Not just the story but with pictures you might forget aren't real photographs once you get sucked into the retelling of that day.  Also if you are old enough beware of the emotions this book will stir or bring back to the forefront of your mind.   This book is not for young children despite being a graphic novel, this one is definitely for adults and teens.  But it keeps the event alive so we will never forget.

This review will appear on my blog on Aug 10th
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This is a great graphic novel that has been thoroughly researched and as a history teacher, I appreciate the Afterword and Statistics at the end to give more information. This is not a stand-alone text and it will be helpful to view other sources about 9/11 to have the full historical context. However, I would purchase this text for my own classroom library and suggest it to students that enjoy graphic novels.
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This was excellent. I cried a few times while reading it because it brought back a lot of memories. I will be recommending it to all readers, not just kids. It is a much purchase for libraries of all kinds.
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Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free advance copy of this graphic novel. 

In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers is a retelling of the events of September 11th. Using stories from the people who were there, Brown paints a picture of this tragic day in US History. 

Using a simple color palate and simplistic illustrations the author is able to show what happened ona nod after this day but also doesn’t overly saturate the picture. 

I do appreciate that the author showed the effects in the Muslim community in the US. And that he also didn’t sugarcoat the torture that occurred in Guantanamo Bay. 

Since I was in my late teens when 9/11 happened, I was not really fully aware of all that was going on. This graphic novel gave me some insights and taught me some new things.  Overall, a quick, informative history lesson.
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3.5/5 stars

The content this book is attempting to cover is tough, and very loaded for folks who were alive in 2001 in particular.  As a teacher working with students who were born in 2006 and after, this book did not feel like an educational nor emotional way to relate the events of 9/11 to a group that did not experience the effects directly. I should clarify that the facts are presented, in an almost timeline like format, with some snippets of background and context, which is very helpful. The graphic novel does a strong job with portraying the cause and effect of who did what and why, which then led to...etc, however, I felt it lacked a story or a focus point, it was almost too broad and ambitious. 

I appreciated that the art was minimal and the coloring was gorgeous, but the story itself felt disjointed, despite the important content. I would still recommend this text to folks looking to get an understanding of the sequence of events, but I would suggest diving deeper into alternate stories for more context.
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This graphic novel will keep readers enthralled. The history of the events leading up to 9/11, that day, and the following resulting events are chronicled in beautiful, difficult, and moving illustrations. For our students today, they were not alive on this fateful day and so some may not fully understand the history and the gravity of that day. I think some students will be shocked by the detail Don Brown goes into, including many real life quotes from survivors and heroes of the day. Some will be sucked in to the events of this day by the detailed illustrations, many of which stand on their own unaccompanied by dialogue or narration.

I love graphic novels, especially ones that are well done. In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers is brilliantly crafted and will provide something for all readers. The history and reality of this period in history is presented in such a way that anyone, regardless of reading level, will find value in this book. I highly recommend.
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I read Don Brown's "The Unwanted" in 2019, and "In the Shadow of Fallen Towers" similarly takes a grave topic and presents it in a visual manner that doesn't hide the tragedy of the events depicted but does present it in a way that is appropriate for younger readers. 

I was in 4th grade on 9/11, and although I have vivid memories of where I was when I found out what was happening, this graphic novel focused a lot on the aftermath-- specifically the excavation efforts and clearing of debris and rubble. 

I would absolutely have this title in a middle or high school classroom library, and it's a quick (30-45 minutes) read that would allow kids to get a picture of this tragic event that shaped our country in a time before they were born.
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I have read Don Brown's other graphic novels and use them in my nonfiction book clubs in my classroom. This will be another one of his books that I add into the rotation. I had goosebumps the entire time I read this, I had to pause a few times while reading this as it kept bringing back memories of this moment. I would equate this graphic novel to be just as moving as the numerous documentaries based on the 9/11 attacks. In this format, I think students will be able to grasp the significance of these events in a way that maybe documentaries can't. 

One of the more moving graphic non-fiction graphic novels I have read and will be putting in my classroom.
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* I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley. All opinions in this review are my own.

Such a hard topic to write about let alone draw as well and this graphic novel handled the subject very respectfully. The illustrations were nicely done and it was nice that they were not overly detailed making it easier for the viewer to digest the horrible events. The writing was brief and consisted mostly of quotes from people that were there and experienced it themselves. For those that were alive and remember the events of that day it can be a hard read. It is aimed more at those who do not remember the event or were not alive during it to get a sense of the tragedy as it unfolded. At the end there are sources for the quotes and more details of the events. This will be a nice edition to a high school library to introduce the students to what happened.
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It was impossible to read on NetGalley. The words were so small and the pages did not load properly. I was not the only one with this issue- several friends tried to read it as well and had the same issue.
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I cried the ENTIRE graphic novel. For an hour straight, my eyes leaked uncontrollably. This graphic novel captures the events of 9/11 in the United States: from the ground level helpers, search and rescue efforts to inside the planes and the goodbyes/battles to save the planes from crashing, from those trapped underneath the rubble after the tower collapse to the aftermath clean up and the almost breach of the walls around the trade towers base. This novel even goes on to show the unthought of tragedies that resulted from the horror: animals trapped in apartments and houses waiting for owners who never came home, the trials after to get the rescuers proper medical coverage, the missing posters that endured long after. 
My heart broke over and over each time I turned the page. 
This graphic was done tastefully and masterfully. It pulled at my heart strings and caused a gusher of emotions without being too detailed in the carnage and horror that unfolded.
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One of the difficulties facing teachers / librarians/ and many more is how do you describe the impact of 9/11 to children who weren't even been yet. Deen Brown ches it. This is the one must have book of the year and it is heart-wrenching. Brown takes survivor stories and facts and weaves together an emotional informative tour de force. The artwork captures the grief and loss that was felt see beautifully. There was nothing that could be done better. 

NetGalley provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 

5 out of 5 stars.
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This is an unforgettable graphic novel detailing 9/11 from the beginning when Jeff, filming a documentary, sees the first jet go into a building. He’s around when first responders and firefighters come around. We hear about the debris, the coughing, the smoke and ash, and toxic gas. Different stores are told. We hear about the jet flying into the Pentagon. We hear about them finding out who’s responsible when the CIA goes to Afghanistan. At the end, the first year anniversary is commemorated. This is a must have book.
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Wow! Despite knowing and having read many books of what happened on 9/11, Don Brown manages to tell aspects of the story not previously included in other books many have read. The illustrations suit the subject matter well in his use of muted tones of greys and browns, with a few exceptions. Where this graphic novel excels is expanding beyond the expected, touch on anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-Semitism, pets who’s owners couldn’t get back to them (this thought horrified me!) because they were not allowed to go back to nearby buildings, rescuers stories including the search and rescue dogs, stories of going after the Taliban, and much more. The statistical data included at the end added to the both the told and untold stories. Highly recommend for middle school and older, this belongs in all libraries.
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