We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

A Novel

Book - 2006
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A novel from one of the country's most prolific and popular YA authors, this book, set in New York City on September 11th, shows us how the experiences of that day profoundly changed one teen's life and relationships.

Today is September 10, 2001, and Will, a grade nine student, is spending the day at his father's workplace tomorrow. As part of a school assignment, all the students in his class will be going to their parents tomorrow, but Will isn't excited about it--he'd rather sleep in and do nothing with his friends. His father doesn't even have an exciting job like his best friend James's father who is a fireman. Will's dad works for an international trading company and has to wake up early every morning to commute to his office on the eighty-fifth floor in the south building of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Will doesn't see his father very often because of the hours he puts in at the office. He doubts that his dad will bother making time for him tomorrow even when they are supposed to be spending the day together.

In this fast-paced and dramatic new novel by bestselling author Eric Walters, Will discovers a new side of his father during an event that continues to affect the world. As Will's new teacher says, tomorrow "might be an experience that changes your entire life."

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2006
ISBN: 9780770429928
Branch Call Number: YA WAL
Characteristics: 185 p. ;,21 cm


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Jun 05, 2020

i totally recomend this book 100%

Nov 17, 2019

Another winner by Canadian author Eric Walters – ‘We All Fall Down.’ This fictitious story helps the reader experience what it might have been like for a family to experience firsthand what it was like in New York in one of the twin towers that day. Highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass Fishing! D. A.

Sep 14, 2019

This story is based on the 9/11 terrorist attacks when two suicide planes hit the World Trade Centers in New York. In this novel, a boy and his father have to make their way out the buildings before they collapse. In this story the boy gets a day off from school to be with his father, who works in one of the two buildings. What I liked about the story was their faith and determination they showed in helping others get out safely. This story shows us we sometimes take our safety for granted. Every year we think of the tragedy of the attacks and I have thought about this story in light of what happened.

Anna Beyer
Jul 15, 2019

I actually did not enjoy the book that much. the plot was fine, but it seemed to rushed. If it was longer and was not so rushed I would quite enjoy it.

Jun 17, 2018

Amazing book! Highly recommend! I didn’t even know there was a sequel omg.. time to read that!

Nov 28, 2017

I cannot express how high the bar has been set by the “We All Fall Down” 2006 novel by Eric Walters — it has truly opened up to both the peaks and valleys encountered on the extremely emotional road to closure from one of the most significant attacks against the U.S. in history, the September 11 attacks. Although the topic is sensitive, Eric Walters made sure to explore the impact of this event in the most realistic way possible: through the perspectives of first-hand and second-hand victims. The amount of facts and information in this novel shows Eric Walters’ incredibly great amount of dedication and focus to get the message out about the burden these circumstances have left on the lives of many people. I completely applaud the author for successfully attempting to tackle such a thin-skinned subject while addressing the heavier details with thought and awareness. Overall, “We All Fall Down” by Eric Walters was an emotion-filled novel and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone seeking a heartfelt and informative read. Rating: 5/5
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Tomorrow is bring your child to work day, and ninth grader Will is going to be spending it with his Father-whom he almost never sees-at the World Trade Center. How much fun could he have when his Dad, who never has time for him, has a job like that? But what he doesn’t know is that tomorrow is also September 11th, 2001-a day that will go down in history forever. Even though his characters are made-up, Eric Walters presents his story as though he was really there. It’s well thought out, which says that he took great care to get his message across without offending anyone he could accidentally offend. The characters are all down to Earth, and their personal struggles are shown in a way that wraps up readers as much as the story itself. It’s a short book, but worth reading just to see the care he put into it. This may not be my usual book genre, but all things considered, it’s a work of art.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 18, 2015

This novel was surprisingly touching. It not only described what happened during the event, but offered a glimpse as to how it changed people's lives and the reaction it had on the people who were effected. It was a fast read thanks to it's vividness and suspense. I recommend this to anyone who's looking for a thrilling and dramatic book-- while wanting to look deeper into the events of 9/11. Teens will especially relate to the emotions felt by the characters in the story.

Aug 09, 2015

Excellent story, really recommend this book .

May 19, 2015

good book

May 01, 2015

this book iz amazin peeple wha doo u thinck? iz good, rite?awsomoe. :)

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Jul 22, 2011

the summary about this is book is a grade 9 student named will who went to his fathers work place, his father works in the south side of the twin towers and a plane comes and hits both of the twin towers, his father works in the international trading company and has to wake 6:00 in the morning to head to work, will will survive walking down the stairs to the bottom or will they not?

Cam't tell ending read the book to find out this is a great book.


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