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Flight #116 is Down

by Caroline Cooney

School Library Journal Gr 7-10-- Patrick, 17, finds it ironic that he needs to request hall passes to go to the library, while as an emergency medical technician he can deliver babies and save lives without such childish restrictions. Wealthy Heidi longs to feel competent at something and close to someone. Daniel, 15, must escort his younger brother to a wedding he desperately hopes won't take place. Spoiled Darienne can only focus on the small, insignificant negatives of life. All of these disparate personalities and more are thrown together by the cataclysmic crash of a 747 on Heidi's rural estate. Don't expect the unity or finely brushed characterization of Cooney's Don't Blame the Music (Putnam, 1986). This time, her third-person narration and rapidly shifting viewpoints have awkward results, much like a shooting sequence for an action-packed TV movie. However, it is these very qualities that may engage the attention of unsophisticated or reluctant readers. The author has done her research on emergency rescue; the crash scene and its evolving confusion are vividly detailed, and a great deal of information is conveyed. Human frailty and strengths are counterpoised. For every overdone character flaw (even the dogs don't like Darienne), there are rewarding bits and the importance of being loved and contributing to the welfare of others is reaffirmed. Sure to be popular.-- Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Kirkus When a 747 crashes into the deep woods on Heidi's family's estate, she at first believes herself incapable of helping the survivors; she's convinced that her every action is a disappointment to her wealthy, ever-busy parents, who happen to be out of town. But as the night unfolds and she becomes involved in a massive rescue effort and the minute details of human survival, Heidi locates a well of unexpected inner strength and shares no small part in the saving of lives. Moment-by-moment action makes this dependable author's taut suspense story feel like a chronicle of an actual disaster. The victims and survivors are a varied lot--independent of one another yet sharing similar events from their many points of view. Cooney skates deftly among their perspectives, never exploiting the horror of the event but demonstrating a genuine flair for balancing the optimism of any rescue with the cruel truths and terrible despair inherent to the work. For Cooney fans and thrill-seekers. (Fiction. 11+)

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Publishers Weekly In PW 's words, ``Using her trademark lightning pace, Cooney depicts the drama and human interest inherent in disaster. This story will keep even the least bookish readers glued to their seats.'' Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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School Library Journal Gr 7-12?Caroline Cooney's exciting tale of rescue following the fiery crash of a jumbo airliner (Scholastic, 1992) unfolds through the dramatic, gravely narration of experienced actor, George Guidall. Young adult listeners will be drawn immediately into the story through the dramatic events of the teenage characters. Guidall's voice as narrator is calm and controlled. Although he doesn't change significantly to differentiate between the speech of the sexes, listeners will be able to remember the various characters and their roles in the story. Guidall is a master at showing emotion through a variety of vocal tones. He includes skepticism and humor in addition to tenderness and sadness. His pace quickens as tension builds; pauses are appropriately placed as the character and listeners are given time to cope with an event. This popular novel is given new life and added dimension from a talented reader.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Book list Gr. 7-10. Be prepared for swarms of teens requesting this page-turner. Bill Dodge's exciting dust-jacket illustration will capture their attention, and Cooney's engrossing plot about rescue operations for a downed 747 will ensure that they'll keep reading. Although the action spans only eight hours, readers will experience a roller coaster of emotions as rescuers battle flames and harsh conditions to free 400 trapped passengers. They'll feel the sights and sounds of the crash, the terror and pain of the passengers, and the exhilaration, fatigue, and frustrations of the rescuers. The story focuses primarily on 16-year-old Heidi Landseth, who reports the crash, and on 17-year-old Patrick Farquhar, the first trained emergency medical technician to respond to the emergency. Cooney dedicated the book to her daughter Louisa, a trained EMT at age 16, and the detail and clarity of her descriptions of the rescue operations reflect her interest, knowledge, and respect for emergency medical and rescue teams. A great choice for a booktalk or for use with reluctant readers. ~--Chris Sherman

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Publishers Weekly Using her trademark lightning pace, Cooney depicts the drama and human interest inherent in disaster. A full 747 jetliner crashes late one Saturday night in the tiny upstate New York town of Nearing Falls. The rescue crew, including teen ambulance drivers and paramedics, must battle prejudice, resentment and fear to discover their own brand of bravery. Cooney ( Don't Blame the Music ) captures the lives of both rescuers and passengers with a facile but not unpleasant touch. Her cast includes several conventionally troubled youths, including two brothers en route to their father's second wedding, a spoiled and glamorous rich kid and a runaway on her way home. The author's fluid command of action and suspense, however, redeems these stylistic shortcomings. Like The Poseidon Adventure and Airport , this story will keep even the least bookish readers glued to their seats. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Horn Book Fiction: O A plane crashes near New York City, and the lives of passengers, those who wait for them, and their rescuers intersect. Using brief, timed segments, the action is riveting, and the characters are believable. The subplot of a teenager trying to find her place in the world is nicely handled. Anything but boring. Horn Rating: Recommended, satisfactory in style, content, and/or illustration. Reviewed by: mjg (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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