My son just turned 8 and does not enjoy fictitious books. He prefers facts about true events. I happened to see this book displayed at the library on Sept. 11th and grabbed it.When we started reading it together, he was leary. By the end, he was wanting to research more on the internet.Lauren Tarshis wove a fictional story about a boy named Lucas, whose father was a firefighter at the time of the 9/11 attacks around the actual events of 9/11. She totally hit the mark.I found the book very age appropriate. It was written in such a way that it did not create nightmares, but allowed him to grasp the enormity of the tragedy that occured.I recommend this book to any parent having trouble getting their children to read fictitious "chapter" books. This book met my son's need for information! I will certainly be looking for the rest of this series!