Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit




Series: I Survived


I SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sentimental of plotline but informative and breathlessly paced. (Q&A, annotated reading list) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
The seventh (chronologically earliest) entry in the series pitches a young former slave into the middle of the Civil War's pivotal battle. Read full book review >
THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis
Released: July 1, 2012

"Though not yet born in 2001, the intended audience will come away feeling more connected to the tragedy and aware of its historical significance. (afterword, timeline) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
A terrified 11-year-old gets an "extremely loud and incredibly close" view of the World Trade Center attacks in this disaster series' latest entry. Read full book review >
I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Following the main text are "After the Storm: Questions about Katrina" and "Facts about Hurricane Katrina," both ideal for setting young readers who have been enthralled by Barry's story on a path to discovering more about the true story of Katrina and its aftermath. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, 2010, etc.) again transforms a historical event into a fast-paced adventure story appropriate for lower elementary students. Read full book review >