Lauren Tarshis

By: Lauryn


Lauren Tarshis was born on November 23, 1963. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She now lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children. When she is not with her family or writing a book or magazine she likes to spend time with her friends. She went hiking once with her friend for the very first time, and they got lost. But luckily there was other people out hiking, and an old man came and helped them find their way back. Her series includes more than 13 I Survived books, they are true stories from today and history facing extraordinary events.

I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001

Young Lucas loves football, and the only thing he loves more than football is his Uncle Benny. Uncle Benny works at the fire department with Lucas' dad. Benny taught Lucas everything he knows about football. But not long ago Lucas' parents decided that football was to dangerous and that Lucas needed to quit. Lucas needs to talk to his uncle. So the next morning, instead of getting on the bus to go to school, he takes the train to the city. Little did he know that something that day was going to happen that changed his life forever.

I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

Marcus, an eleven year old slave who finds himself in the city of Pompeii. This wouldn't be a problem any normal time, but now the Mount Vesuvius volcano is about to erupt. He finds himself stuck, the volcano is about to erupt and he doesn't know where to go he is a runaway slave and all. His tata is being taken into the arena just around the time its going to erupt. Now he is finally realizing what is happening, he tries to run away and try to save his father. He does this knowing that they would make him fight to death and he would lose. What will Marcus do to help his dad?

I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg 1863

Thomas and his little sister Birdie have been slaves on a farm in Virginia their whole lives. Its hard for them but at least they are still together they think. But then one day some men come and take Thomas away from his sister. Thomas realizes he has no choice, he and his sister have to escape to the north. Even with the slave hunters on the trail they need to escape so they head off to into a dark forest. The two are hoping this will lead them to a journey of freedom.