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by Sandra Markle

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Children's Literature
This is a book that tells about heroes who not only use their strength to save people but also use their brains and technology. Each chapter is introduced with a full-page picture and a brief statement of what the reader will be learning. For example, chapter five is entitled "Buried alive!" and the brief information given states, "When the earthquake struck Taichung, Taiwan, it sounded like thunder. The ground rolled likes waves on an ocean and every building shook." The photographs found throughout the book are incredible. Readers will enjoy photo treasures: little Erika, a thirteen-month-old baby who had been accidentally frozen; a monster wave; Crazer robots that can flatten to squeeze through tight places; the eye of a hurricane taken from an aerial view looking down. The layout of this book is definitely appealing. Colors, different type fonts, and different colors of print add both interest and motivation to read more. Included in the back of the book is a glossary, source notes, "More Information," Web sites, a selected bibliography, and an index. Both boys and girls will enjoy this book, and it may inspire students to think about possible future careers they will read about in each chapter. I believe that this is a book to be read and re-read many times. I highly recommend this book for school and personal libraries. 2006, Millbrook Press, Ages 9 to 14.
—Kathie M. Josephs
Disasters abound in this book, both natural and accidental. Their drama unfolds in tales of real people in life-threatening situations and their would-be rescuers. The stories include a skier buried in an avalanche, a little girl who wandered outdoors in the middle of a cold winter night, and a baby caught in a house fire. A few stories are more well-known such as the nine men trapped in the Quecreek, Pennsylvania, mine in July 2002, the earthquake in Taiwan in 1999, and two men stranded in an attempt to climb Mount Cook in New Zealand in 1982. Also described are the most current far-reaching tragedies-the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, the tsunami in Thailand in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. The book details each event, citing its causes and the rescue attempts, some by trained professionals and some by everyday heroes at work. The most unique aspect of the book is its description of how technology enhanced and aided each rescue effort. For example, GPS (Global Positioning System) was used to locate the miners, and robots were employed in the search for bodies in the World Trade Center rubble. Another inviting feature of the book is the liberal use of dramatic photographs, sidebars, colorful page backgrounds, and concise text. The book is geared toward middle school readers, yet older students and adults should find it informative and exciting as well. For readers whose curiosity is aroused, the author includes Web sites and books for further reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Lerner,88p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to 15.
—Kim Zach
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Markle relates the stories of individuals who survived various disaster scenes and the efforts of their rescuers. Situations described include an avalanche, a coal-mining accident, a capsized sailboat, stranded mountain climbers, CRASAR robots searching the 9/11 debris, the 2004 tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina. Each chapter tells about the events leading up to the incident, what happened that put the person(s) in danger, and rescue techniques and equipment. Each chapter begins with an excellent-quality full-page color photo followed by a mustard-colored page of text. The rest of the text is attractively arranged around numerous other photos. A short paragraph tells about the featured people today. The vocabulary is right on target for the intended audience. A first choice for general readers and for those needing material on this topic.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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