Smoke at the Pentagon

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32 pages • 8.5 in x 11 in • Ideal for kids 8-12 years old
Thoughtfully created by
author Jacqueline Jules

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A moving book of poems to remember 9/11 at the Pentagon.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. One hundred and eighty-four innocent people were killed. The event occurred at 9:37 a.m. and was part of a coordinated terrorist attack against the United States involving four hijacked flights.

Author Jacqueline Jules, who was a school librarian in Arlington, Virginia on 9/11, tells the story of that day through a tapestry of poems. These poems tell the stories of young people from all aspects of the Arlington and Pentagon communities and are composites drawn from personal experiences with students and friends residing in Northern Virginia at the time of the attack.

September 11th changed childhoods. Anyone old enough to remember that day will never forget, but today's children need to be told the story.

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  • Jacqueline Jules

    Jacqueline Jules is a former school librarian and author of forty books for young readers, including the Zapato Power series, the Sofia Martinez series, and Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation. She is also a poet and the author of three poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum, Stronger than Cleopatra, and Itzhak Perlman's Broken String. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Cicada, Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, YARN, Germ Magazine, The Poetry Friday Anthologies, and One Minute Till Bedtime. She lives in Port Washington, NY.

    Jacqueline Jules 
  • Eszter Anna Rácz

    Eszter Anna Rácz is a freelance illustrator from Hungary who specializes in hand-made art using collage techniques and hand-painted paper. She has three kids and fell in love with children's illustration while reading her children stories. Eszter graduated from MOME, Budapest, and lives in Hungary.

    Eszter Anna Rácz 
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