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Radio Rescue [Hardcover]

Lynne Barasch
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From Publishers Weekly

Barasch (Old Friends) identifies the hero of this story as her father, who in 1923 at the age of 10 became the youngest licensed amateur wireless radio operator in the United States. The book gets off to a bit of a slow start as Barasch describes the important role that wireless radio played at a time when telephone connections were difficult to make, but it builds to a climactic finish, in which the boy and his radio help to rescue a stranded family in hurricane-pummeled Florida. Writing in the boy's voice, the author conveys the young New Yorker's dedication to his hobby, how he obtains his "ham" license on his second try, purchases the necessary equipment and sets up his own home station with the help of an older neighbor boy and fellow operator. The author concisely describes this method of communication, which kids in today's high-tech world are likely to know little about. A heartening story for aspiring historians and technophiles. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 3-5-The year is 1923, and Robert can't wait to get his ham radio license. He practices Morse code wherever he goes, and listens in on radio traffic at every opportunity. When he finally gets his license and his own "shack," Robert spends his evenings communicating with radio operators all over the world. The tale has the slightly meandering quality of a family story-and well it should, as it is based on the memories of Barasch's father, the youngest amateur radio operator to be licensed in the U.S. at the time. Robert's adventures include having a group of sailors show up on his doorstep (not realizing that their radio pal was a 12-year-old boy) and, more dramatically, rescuing a family stranded in a Florida hurricane by passing along radio messages to the Coast Guard. This story will capture the imagination of youngsters, especially modern technophiles, who may be surprised to learn about the global communication spawned by wireless radio long before the Internet. The faded watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture the optimistic spirit of a bygone era and incorporate a good deal of information.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Radio, Rescue and Much, Much More March 16 2001
Back in the 1920s communication wasn't as easy as it is today. Telephones didn't have dials or buttons and operators had to place your calls for you and this could mean waiting several hours to finally get to talk to someone. Lynne Barasch has taken a little bit of personal history and authored a wonderful picture book about the wireless radio, the first instant communication. Her father, the book's hero became the youngest licensed amateur radio operator in the country. Radio Rescue is his story of how he went about learning Morse Code and international signals, passing the test and getting his license, setting up his station and aerial and finally communicating and making new friends all over the world. And though it started out as a hobby, for fun, during the Florida hurricane of 1926, when all the phone lines were wiped out, he was instrumental in relaying news and rescuing a Key Largo family..... This is an informative and exciting story full of history, fun facts and detail kids 6-10 will really enjoy. The easy to read, first person text, complete with Morse code, is complimented by the simple, expressive illustrations and together they're sure to peak the interest of possible future ham radio operators.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Telegraph Transmit Nov. 14 2002
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Radio Rescue shows how even young people can help others. Lynne Barasch writes about her father as a 10-year-old boy, who in 1923 falls in love with the newly created telegraph machine and spends two years becoming a telegraph operator. This boy became an experienced operator and in 1926 was able to relay a message which lead to the rescue of a family in Key Largo, Florida.
This is an historical non-fiction picture book with full-page color cartoons written in first person from the perspective of the author's father. The book also includes a time line of the invention of the telegraph, a list of the advantages of the telegraph, and a chart of Morse code.
Radio Rescue is suggested for 5-8 year olds but 8-11 year olds would understand the concept better. Robert J. Marx, the author's father, wrote [this book is a] "mostly true and faithful recording of my very younger days"...[and he is] "...stil completely [sic] fluent in Morse code as I learned it at age 10..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book i am the subject of this book Nov. 10 2000
mostly true and faithful recording of my very younger days as a teenager with the wireless age at my fingertips. I am stilcompletely fluent in Morse code as I learned it at age 10 and up..the book went to press before we could include details about Admiral Byrds first expedition to south pole.. helped with that one too ..NYTimes bldg on 43 st had a ham set that couldnt reach Byrd I could at 2azk regards from RJMarx bobolane1
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Ms. Barasch has done a superb job of capturing the essence of amateur radio. This book speaks to the young reader as an equal, and tells with enthusiasm the story of a young boy who was caught up in the exciting time when radio was becoming an important broadcast medium, but was developing rapidly as a long-range two-way communication system... I heartily recommend this book! Buy it as a gift for every young person you know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great radio adventure story May 24 2002
I use this in my "Ham Radio for Kids" class. My boys read this book over and over again, and I like the story too - it reminds me of the excitement of getting my ham license at age 13. Rich - KY6R
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