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Earthquake in Haiti

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It was nearly five o'clock in the afternoon when a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, destroying nearly every building in the island country's capital, Port-au-Prince. More than 230,000 people were killed as structures collapsed. Many more were trapped under debris, some of them seriously injured.

Among the buried survivors was a young man named Wismond who had been working in a small shop inside a hotel. After the quake hit, he found himself ...

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Overview

It was nearly five o'clock in the afternoon when a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, destroying nearly every building in the island country's capital, Port-au-Prince. More than 230,000 people were killed as structures collapsed. Many more were trapped under debris, some of them seriously injured.

Among the buried survivors was a young man named Wismond who had been working in a small shop inside a hotel. After the quake hit, he found himself trapped under rubble for almost 11 days.

Luckily, countries and organizations around the world rushed to bring aid to Haiti. Rescuers and doctors arrived by air and sea along with medical supplies, food, and clean water. Read how their life-saving efforts helped Wismond and others escape death in this stirring account of one of the worst disasters of all time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the massive, destructive, record-setting Haitian earthquake collapsed a building around Wismond Exantus Jean-Pierre, trapping him in the rubble. The promising, personal focus of this title in the "Code Red" series quickly devolves into a distant, passive, and depressing narrative. Photos of successful rescues help lift the gloom of death, destruction, and amputation details. About half-way through the book, the author circles back around to show Wismond's successful extraction after eleven days. Aronin emphasizes the international nature of the rescue and aid efforts. Nearly half the pages (thirteen including the author's note) are partially or fully devoted to money—pledging it, raising it, how much, and by whom. Two sections describe the international efforts to rebuild the island nation, physically and economically. A two-page "Profiles" section retells the story of two survivors from the story and provides some additional information on the roles former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Haitian president Rene Preval took during and after the disaster. End matter includes a glossary, bibliography, sources for further reading, and an index. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—On January 12, 2010, an earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Haiti. The ordeal of two survivors, Wismond Exantus Jean-Pierre and Christa Brelsford, during and after the quake, is referred to throughout, but the author also includes two-page chapters on how doctors and rescue teams helped other survivors, and the different ways money has been raised to help fund the relief efforts. Each chapter contains quotes, labeled color photographs, and a sidebar with additional facts. The reality of the disaster is sad to read, but the author does include examples of heroic behaviors, reconstruction efforts, and work programs. Although there is more to do, as the last chapter attests to, there are signs of hope as long as people continue to help those who have lost their loved ones, homes, and jobs. Report writers will find reliable and pertinent information in this book. They may even be inspired to raise money through a charity event of their own, as elementary students did in Arizona, Baltimore, and Great Britain.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936088669
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Code Red Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 944,865
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 4

Falling Buildings 6

A Call for Help 8

The World Takes Action 10

A Humongous Task 12

Waiting 14

An Incredible Rescue 16

Raising Money 18

"A Huge Difference" 20

Kids Help Out 22

Rebuilding a Nation 24

More to Do 26

Profiles 28

Glossary 30

Bibliography 31

Read More 31

Learn More Online 31

Index 32

About the Author 32

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