The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Children’s lit

Medium: Hardcover

Synopsis: Philippe Petit wanted to do something daring.  The year was 1974, and he felt inspired.  So he planned a tightrope act between the Twin Towers.

Review: Finally!  A book about the twin towers that isn’t about 9/11!  Don’t get me wrong–that was definitely an important date in United States history, but the history of the towers has got to be more than just that one date.  And then, at last, I got my hands on this book about a man who plans a secret performance between the towers.

What a riveting, exciting, and death-defying picturebook!  I think I held my breath for the last half of the book, afraid of the worst.  That Philippe Petit would get caught, that he’d be arrested, or worse: he’d fall.  But, it’s a good thing that Petit isn’t just any tightrope walker.  Perhaps he’s the most talented one of them all.

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