Ninth-grader Will Fuller shadows his father, the vice president of an international trading company based in the World Trade Center. He is not looking forward to the visit, as his father has always been very focused on his work and Will worries that his father will not bother to make time for him.
Will's visit takes place on the morning of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and is told in rapid first-person narration as Will, his father, and other staff in the tower offices attempt to escape during the building's collapse. Will's best friend James's father works as a New York firefighter, adding another element of danger to the narrative.
We All Fall Down received predominantly very positive reviews, but received some criticism for lengthy exposition designed to explain the background of the terrorist attacks to readers.
^McNicoll, Sylvia. "Introducing Eric Walters". Eric Walters (ericwalters.net). Retrieved 15 August 2014.. Walters cites "Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)"; "Volume 28 Number 4 Winter 2006–2007".
Posted together with a reprint of "Walters has a tiger by the tail", Kenneth Oppel, Quill & Quire, April 1999, p. 34.