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911 : the book of help
Cart, Michael.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Cricket Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A collection of essays, poems, short fiction, and drawings created in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by authors and illustrators of books for young adults.
General Note:
"A Marcato Book."
Reading Level:
1060 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.9 7.0 68443.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.8 11 Quiz: 35380 Guided reading level: NR.

Format :


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Material Type
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HV6432.7 .N465 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HV6432.7 .N465 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In 911: The Book of Help, award-winning writer share their responses to the September 11, 2001 tragedy and describe the heroism of those who first rushed to help. The works in 911 are donated, and 50 percent of the net proceeds will go to a charity assisting children and spouses of victims.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

(It is Booklist policy that a book written or edited by a staff member or contributing reviewer receive a brief descriptive announcement rather than a review). Gr. 6^-12. Cart introduces this collection of essays, stories, and poems donated by more than 20 well-known children's and YA writers in recognition of the tragic events of September 11. Spot art from Chris Raschka illustrates the selections, which are divided into four sections: "Healing," "Searching for History," "Asking Why? Why? Why?" and "Reacting and Recovering." A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, a program of the Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America. For more information about the fund, visit []. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

An impressive cast of more than 20 children's book authors donated work to this highly personal, often affecting roundup of essays, short stories and poems inspired by the events of September 11th. Organized into four sections from "Healing" to "Reacting and Recovering," the pieces range from related events triggered by the New York tragedy to writers' evocations of the horrific images they viewed that morning. Arnold Adoff draws a correlation to King's assassination in Memphis ("Souls rise/ without reason long before their reasonable times"); David Paterson (son of fellow contributor Katherine Paterson) recounts perhaps the most immediate connection to the terrorist attacks as he relates his experience at Ground Zero on September 13 with shovel in hand to help clear the rubble. In a candid entry, Walter Dean Myers recalls watching a Middle Eastern man in London cheering the loss of American lives: "He is my enemy because those who think like he does have brought violence and hatred to my door, and to the doors of those I love." Perhaps Susan Cooper (who heard the roar of a fighter plane in New York City on 9/11 and recalled the bombs that fell on her London neighborhood during WWII) best sums up the collection's underlying message: "But the opposite of terror is hope, and... hope can drive out fear." Other contributors to this strong collection include Avi, Sharon Creech, Nikki Giovanni, Margaret Mahy and Naomi Shihab Nye; Chris Raschka provides an evocative cover and interior pen-and-inks for each section opener. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) FYI: The publisher will contribute a portion of the proceeds of this book to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-A global viewpoint on the September 11 attacks is presented through 25 essays, short stories, and poems divided into four sections: "Healing," "Searching for History," "Asking Why? Why? Why?" and "Reacting and Recovering." Although every entry does not deal with the theme of rebuilding, Katherine Paterson's introductory essay sets a tone of hope. Paterson's son David gives a vivid, textured picture of what it was like to work at Ground Zero less than 48 hours after the attack. Russell Freedman pays tribute to New Yorkers' sense of community and appreciation for the rescue workers who gave their lives. While many of the short pieces offer a sense of hope, much of the poetry will make readers cry. The horror, anger, and pain are given voice, too. Walter Dean Myers's essay is about just that-the anger and frustration engendered by our vulnerability and inability to elicit sympathy from cultures that harbor enmity for America. A call for understanding is evidenced in several pieces. Marion Dane Bauer reminds readers to beware of fear and know that we can change the world one kindness at a time. James Cross Giblin uses Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Missile Crisis to assure readers that, as a nation, we will survive. Naomi Shihab Nye, an Arab-American, says we make sense out of life through words. This volume is a worthy attempt to do so.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.