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Children's LiteratureOn September 11, 2001 the world changed for many Americans. The terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and in rural Pennsylvania acted as a wakeup call to the nation. How could such things happen in a nation that had seemed so powerful? In response to a new sense of vulnerability the government enhanced many security procedures. Overseas, American troops went into action in Afghanistan to root out the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. However, on the home front, people continued to feel doubt and fear in a war that had no clearly defined frontlines. In The War at Home. Stewart touches upon these and related themes. As part of "The War on Terrorism" series this illustrated volume offers readers an insightful look into a variety of homeland security issues. The topics addressed include bio-terrorism, immigration, war protests, anti-Muslim backlashes, air travel restrictions, and the emotional cost of 9/11. In each case the author of this well written book hits the mark. This is a valuable book and one that younger readers will find helpful. 2004, Lucent Books, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck