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Explaining September 11th To Young Readers In A Graphic Novel

While older adults observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, younger adults can struggle to fully understand.

They were not old enough to register the impact of the attacks, though they grew up in a world shaped by them.

The I Survived series of graphic novels by Scholastic Books tells imagined stories of young people surviving disasters ranging from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD to the California fires of 2018.

And right in that continuum is I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001.

Lauren Tarshis, the author of all the books in the series, talks to us about the challenge of creating a work explaining a horrific event to young readers.

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