Sunday, September 12, 2021

Janeane speaks with Lauren Tarshis, NY Times best-selling author and Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines. Lauren talks about the success of her I SURVIVED series, and her latest - I SURVIVED the Attacks of September 11, 2001


Written by Lauren Tarshis and Illustrated by Corey Egbert

Graphix | Ages 8 to 12; Grades 3 to 7

“The I Survived books are perfect reads for an anxious age” – Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

There's a whole generation of kids who did not experience 9/11 firsthand. Lauren Tarshis is the author & editor of the I SURVIVED series. The series has over 34 million copies in print and 9/11 was the most requested book to-date! With impeccable, impressive research, this graphic novel is age-appropriate for a generation of kids who did not experience 9/11, and yet need to learn it in a way that is not overwhelming and shows resilience! More than another 9/11 book, this is an entrée to learning about the horrific events that took place, and a well-needed tool for parents and educators.

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, Graphix is proud to publish I SURVIVED: THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 (on sale August 3, 2021; ages 8-12). Written by Lauren Tarshis and illustrated with a gorgeous contemporary art style by Corey Egbert, this gripping and bold graphic novel adaptation of Tarshis’ bestselling I Survived the Attacks of September 11 brings the bestselling series to vivid life.

The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.

The next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes – and nothing will ever be the same again.

Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels are what School Library Journal describes as “a first-rate series.” They combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. This book includes a nonfiction section at the back with facts and photos about the real-life event.

LAUREN TARSHIS’ New York Times bestselling I Survived series (which has over 34 million copies in print!) tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events.

Lauren is also the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, where she oversees more than 25 classroom magazines. In her more than 25 years with Scholastic, Lauren has helped transform the company’s print magazines into the powerful learning tools they are today. In her current role, she is helping to expand the magazines’ deep connection to American classrooms and ensure their vital role in providing teachers and students with an understanding of the contemporary world. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at

COREY EGBERT is a children’s illustrator and author based in rural Virginia. He believes in telling imaginative, funny, and touching stories that empower kids to make their world better. He studied at Snow College, Southern Virginia University, and Syracuse University. Corey lives with his wife, son, and two cats in a little house by the woods. Visit him online at

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