Homegrown Terror

Overview

At the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a quiet spring day began like any other in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Government employees arrived for a busy workday. Parents dropped their children off at the day care center. Suddenly, a colossal explosion tore through the nine-story building, the front of it crumbling to the ground. More than one hundred people died instantly. Many more were injured. Tragedy gripped the nation. What caused the explosion? An American terrorist had detonated a bomb. Author ...

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Overview

At the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a quiet spring day began like any other in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Government employees arrived for a busy workday. Parents dropped their children off at the day care center. Suddenly, a colossal explosion tore through the nine-story building, the front of it crumbling to the ground. More than one hundred people died instantly. Many more were injured. Tragedy gripped the nation. What caused the explosion? An American terrorist had detonated a bomb. Author Victoria Sherrow examines this catastrophic day, including stories from witnesses and survivors, and the cause of this hateful crime-homegrown terrorism.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—While the events introduced here happened in the recent past and may be fresh on the minds of adults, younger readers will appreciate the complete coverage in these books, originally published at least 10 years ago. The quality of these short titles is good, and the informational texts are written in a way that lend themselves to a cover-to-cover read. Columbine and Oklahoma City also give context to these devastating incidents, describing events before, during, and after the disasters and related actions in the intervening years. Although the pictures and images are stock photos, they are captioned and adequately show the range of devastation and destruction to the affected people and geographic regions. The final chapters and back matter have been updated to aid in the understanding of these events. Columbine does contain an image of the shooters in the cafeteria as well as information about the bombs they made and details of the students and teacher who were killed that day, so it might not be the best choice for some collections.—Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464401077
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "This Isn't Supposed to Happen" 5

2 Hours of Agony 11

3 Hope and Despair 17

4 "Find Out Who Did this" 23

5 A Trail of Evidence 29

6 Terrorism in America 35

Chapter Notes 43

Glossary 46

Further Reading (Books and Internet Addresses) 47

Index 48

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