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In the shadow of the fallen towers : the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years after the 9/11 attacks / written and illustrated by Don Brown.

Brown, Don, 1949- (author,, artist.).

Available copies

  • 9 of 14 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Slater Public Library - Griswold.

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0 current holds with 14 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Slater Public Library - Griswold YA GN 973.931 BRO (Text to phone) 31252140647678 Young Adult New Material Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780358223573
  • ISBN: 0358223571
  • Physical Description: 121 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Etch, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
"A Junior Library Guilde selection".
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 114-119).
Summary, etc.:
This graphic novel chronicles the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City through moving individual stories that bear witness to history and the ways it shapes the future.
Subject: September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 > Juvenile literature.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 > Comic books, strips, etc.
Terrorism > United States > Juvenile literature.
Terrorism > United States > Comic books, strips, etc.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 > Juvenile literature.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 > Comic books, strips, etc.
World Trade Center (New York, N.Y. : 1970-2001) > Comic books, strips, etc.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 > Cartoons and comics.
Terrorism > Cartoons and comics.
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 > Cartoons and comics.
Graphic novels.
Genre: Graphic novels.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9780358223573
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers : The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers : The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks
by Brown, Don
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In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers : The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks

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Commemorating 9/11 two decades after the tragedy, Sibert Honoree Brown (The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees) offers a visual recollection of Sept. 11, 2001, that both humanizes and poignantly remembers an overwhelming chapter in U.S. history, portraying the experiences of real individuals who lived through the attacks and their aftermath. Sourced extensively from news articles, documentaries, and reports, the quotes and harrowing, accessibly worded stories of survivors, first responders, volunteers, and soldiers are rendered in evocative, muted black lines and washes of watercolor. Panels adeptly guide and sustain reader attention, with perspectives or subject matter shifting as intensity builds. Two-thirds of the graphic novel centers New York City on and around September 11, though accounts from the Pentagon attack and Shanksville plane crash are included. Notable is Brown's ability to depict, in this economical format, the event's wide-ranging aftereffects, including Islamophobia, the physical and mental health toll on workers dismantling "the Pile," and U.S. soldiers ending up on horseback in Afghanistan. An afterword provides updates through 2019, while additional back matter offers a heartbreaking read of the demographic statistics of victims, as well as an eight-page bibliography. Ages 12--up. (Aug.)

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9780358223573
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers : The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers : The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks
by Brown, Don
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Gr 7 Up--Brown's latest work of graphic nonfiction revisits September 11, 2001, and its aftermath in time for the tragedy's 20th anniversary. While filming a documentary about New York firefighters, French filmmaker Jules Naudet shifts his lens skyward as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are struck by airliners and, ultimately, collapse. Using vivid phrases like "debris-strewn whirlwind," "ocean of rubble," and "snowfall of papers," Brown captions emotional illustrations that depict the wreckage of the towers and, later, the Pentagon. Scenes of family members and first responders alike searching for survivors in the following days, weeks, and months are juxtaposed with depictions of the United States' response to the attacks, including war in the Middle East and a rise in Islamaphobic incidents domestically. Alternating between war and recovery, the remaining pages end with a ceremony one year later where the names of the 2,753 victims are read aloud. Though for a different and more mature audience, Brown's second attempt at covering this topic (after 2011's America Is Under Attack) is a more comprehensive look at the tragedy for an older audience. With a palette of mostly cool or ashy watercolors, the red heat of the destruction abruptly and noticeably pops off the page. Varied panel layouts capture the frenetic pace of the emergency, while spreads offer powerful moments of pause. Detailed back matter includes an afterword, sobering statistics, source notes, and an extensive bibliography. Most of the subjects featured in the book are white. VERDICT A succinct and impactful look at one of America's worst tragedies, skillfully rendered by one of comics journalism's best.--Alec Chunn, Eugene P.L., OR


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