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Children's LiteratureApril 19, 1995 marks a sad day in U.S. history. The Murrah Building in Oklahoma City suffered a terrorist bombing, killing 168 people and wounding another 850. Nineteen of the victims were children. Stein's book details the day, the rescue operation, the trial and conviction of the bomber, and the building of the memorial. "We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity," are the word inscribed in the Gate of Time. Many symbols represent the tragic day, but perhaps the most touching symbol is the 168 empty chairs for the lives lost. Excellent photographs accompany a richly detailed source. Part of the "Cornerstones of Freedom" series, the book includes bibliographic resources, an index, timeline, and glossary. 2003, Children's Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Laura Hummel