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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Books (Jan. 23 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770429920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770429928
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Will Fuller’s grade nine history teacher, Mrs. Phelps, tells him that tomorrow “might be an experience that changes your entire life,” neither of them knows just how spot on her forecast will be. For the “tomorrow” she refers to is September 11, 2001, when Will is to travel by commuter train to job shadow with his stock trader father in his Dad’s offices in Manhattan’s prestigious Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. And thanks to the superb storytelling skills of Mississauga author and former teacher, Eric Walters, it turns out that “tomorrow” is a day when Will learns more than he ever expected to about his Dad, his Dad’s job and his Dad’s love for him and his Mom. And we all learn lots about the courageous bond between a man and his son during one of the world’s worst man-made disasters. The story is a vibrant and captivating tribute to the heroism of his two main characters and the memories of everyone who suffered on that tragic day when the Twin Towers fell.
Walters knows how to tell a riveting tale, how to ratchet up the tension, and how to create credible characters speaking realistic dialogue in believable situations, all to educate and entertain. And this fast-paced and at times breath-taking novel is a prime example of Walters’s literary talent.
In the just under two hundred pages of the first-person story that Will tells, Walters provides succinctly fleshed out portraits of a son and father in a life and death struggle, battling fire, smoke, and debris as they scramble down 85 floors of crumbling stairs. On the way they argue with office workers refusing to leave their desks, compete with each other in carrying an injured secretary on their backs, glimpse a television news report of the suicide planes crashing into the towers, observe the horror of people jumping to their death, and pass gear-laden firefighters doggedly clanking up the stairs while they determinedly head down. And as the story spins out floor by agonising floor, minute by terrifying minute, Will’s youthful heroism feeds off of his new-found respect for a Dad he thought was always too busy to pay much attention to him. In turn, Will’s father comes to realize his son has become the young man he had hoped for. And by the time we reach the hair-raising climax of the story, we are more than willing to believe Mrs. Phelps was right about Will’s “tomorrow” being a life-changing experience, and in more ways than one.
M. Wayne Cunningham (Books in Canada)
-- Books in Canada --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Walters, a former elementary-school teacher, began writing as a way to encourage his students to become more enthusiastic about literature. His many works include Camp X, Royal Ransom, and Run. His novels have won numerous awards including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow and Ruth Schwartz awards and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year and UNESCO’s international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.


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Thank to Mr. Walters for writing a incredible book. I just could not put it down to eat it was so good also kid in my class did a book talk on the book and i was hooked right off the bat he made it sound very interesting and not just boring. I love the description in the text also i love how it is based on a true story that happen 8 months before i was born. Thank you Mr.Walters Thank You
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By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 31 2013
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Doubleday Canada|January 23, 2007|Mass Market Paperbound|ISBN: 978-0-7704-2992-8

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 work 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."

My Review:

Will Fuller and James Bennett played in a band together with a couple of other guys and they were trying to come up with a name. When Mrs. Phelps their history teacher mentioned the bubonic plague or Black Death, they thought that might be a fitting name.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Innocent Age fan on Feb. 27 2010
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I haven't read the book yet, and I'm sure it is well done. However, the online excerpt illuminates a jarring historical error -- the iPod was not in widespread use on September 10, 2001. It only took me a few seconds on Google to ascertain that it was launched in October 2001. Certainly, high schoolers would not have had it in their possession.

I'm surprised that Mr. Walters or his editors didn't perform this simple fact check, particularly as he writes historical fiction.
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We All Fall Down July 11 2010
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This is truly a thrilling piece of literature. Although it is a short novel, it is an amazing read. Centered around a ninth grade student and his dad trying to escape from the towers on 9/ 11, this novel teaches you just how important having strong family bonds is.
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We Fall Fall Down Aug. 22 2010
By H Lynn McAuliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read other Eric Walters books before (Safe As Houses) an I found this the best book I`ve read of his.
Good, Rushed Ending Nov. 27 2013
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It was overall a very good story. However, the only negative point I saw was that the ending was poor. Minding not to spoil anything, the ending felt rushed and a little sappy for the overall topic, and important points felt as though they were forgotten altogether.
A Difficult, But Worthwhile Read Oct. 3 2013
By 8thCyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My daughter brought this book, and it's sequel, "United We Stand" home after reading part of them at school. She was only five months old on 9/11, and she and her friends are at the age now where they're trying to wrap their heads around what happened. Some of her friends weren't even born yet. There is a LOT of detail in this book, about what it must have been like in the towers while people were trying to evacuate. As someone who lived through those days (albeit watching on television for days on end, not actually THERE) it was sometimes extremely difficult to read, but Walters has done something that needed to be done, because young people will want to know what happened on 9/11, and he's brought it to them in a very personal form.
A Day You'll Never Forget! May 31 2013
By Louise Jolly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Story Description:

Doubleday Canada|January 23, 2007|Mass Market Paperbound|ISBN: 978-0-7704-2992-8

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 work 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."

My Review:

Will Fuller and James Bennett played in a band together with a couple of other guys and they were trying to come up with a name. When Mrs. Phelps their history teacher mentioned the bubonic plague or Black Death, they thought that might be a fitting name. Then they decided they weren't black and seriously hoped nobody would die, so back to the drawing board. Will played bass and saxophone and James played the guitar.

The following day the students would be working at their co-op placements and everyone was excited about going to work with parents and other relatives. One girl was spending the day in the emergency department as her Mom was a doctor. Another student was spending the day in court as their father was a judge. James would be spending the day at the fire department with his Dad. Poor Will thought he had the most boring and uninteresting placement of all. Spending the day with his father at his office in Manhattan where he worked for an international trading company. He didn't have much interest in money markets and stocks.

September 11, 2001 - John, Will's father had worked in the World Trade Center for the past twelve years. Standing at 1360 feet each, each tower was 110 stories, had 21, 180 windows, 104 passenger elevators and cost over 1.5 billion dollars. Around 20,000 people worked in each of the two towers. John worked on the 85th floor of the South Tower. Once in John's office, he had to take a phone call so asked his secretary, Suzie to show Will around the place.

Everyone that Will met in the office praised his father up to the roof, telling Will what a great guy he was and that they were all very proud of him. Will thought to himself: "Proud wasn't usually a word that came to mind when I thought about my father." You see, John was rarely home and never had been, he was always at the office and in all of Will's school years thus far, John had maybe made it to four of his sports games. Will was disappointed in his father.

When Suzie finished her tour they headed into John's office and stood waiting until he finished with his call. He finally hung up and the three of them were chatting when suddenly there was a thunderous explosion and a brilliant flash of light burst outside the windows. Will jumped backwards, bumping into Suzie, almost knocking her off her feet. John sprang from his chair and jumped away from the windows. They all looked at each other and, Suzie asked: "What was that...what happened?"

"There was an explosion of some kind and it's snowing", Will said, pointing out the window. Unbelievably, it was snowing! Will just stared at the big, gigantic flakes but couldn't understand why some of them were glowing red. They looked out the window and there, just above them, the entire side of the North Tower, was a gaping hole! Everyone realized then that there had been an explosion in the North Tower, almost at the top at the 90th floor. Just as they were all trying to figure out what had happened someone yelled from across the room: "It was an airplane that hit the building, it's on CNN!" People left the windows and ran to stand in front of the big screen t.v. to watch CNN. The time the plane hit was 8:46 a.m. John, immediately ordered an evacuation from their office even though the plane had not hit their building. Quickly people packed up their desks and headed for the stairwell.

Little did John and Will know that the explosions weren't yet over and that they would conduct an act of bravery that day while almost losing their own lives.

I don't think any of us will ever forget September 11th. It is one of those moments in time where you'll always remember exactly what you were doing at the exact time that happened. We All Fall Down was beautifully written and was fast-paced. I read it in one sitting, you simply won't be able to put it down, your eyes will be glued to the page. Thank you Mr. Walters for writing such an entertaining book.

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