- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Point; Reprint edition (March 1 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590444794
- ISBN-13: 978-0590444798
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flight #116 is Down Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1993
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From 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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 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
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This story, as you can tell by the title, is about an airplane crash. Heidi is a normal girl who lives in the small town of Nearing River. Her parents are constantly away on business, leaving her with Mrs. Camp, the housemaid. Heidi and her family live on a huge estate several miles outside of town. Patrick also lives in Nearing River and goes to the same school as Heidi, but they do not know each other. He is an EMT for the local fire dept. and is tired of never receiving a real adrenaline rush emergency. One night an event will happen that will change both Heidi's and Patrick's lives forever. Patrick finally receives his first real emergency when Flight #116 had problems and decided to crash in her backyard!
In this book I didn't like the way that Caroline wrote it. She wrote this book in both chapters and time intervals. For example when the plane is crashing she wrote - 5:41 P.M. Heidi looked up into the sky to see it turning red and a deafening noise filling the air. This method I liked a lot because it gave you a chance to realize how much can happen within a couple a minutes or how little could happen in an hour. Clooney would also tell the story through about 6 different characters in the book. She would sometimes be focusing on Patrick and then all of a sudden you are reading about what it's like to be on the actual plane. This way was not bad; it would sometimes be just a little confusing. I did, however, really enjoy this story. Even though it was written pretty elementary, I liked the plot and complications of it. This book was exciting and even suspenseful at times. I just wanted to keep reading. When I finished I still wanted more!
Even though this book is mainly about a plane crashing, it is also a little more. People who would not normally associate with one another and work together do. Friendships are made and lives are changed as the whole entire town of Nearing River responds to this incident. I recommend it for readers who like suspense and surprising outcomes!
Heidi, the protagonist,is 16 and lives in this small city: Nearing River in Conneticut. She lives in a beautiful mansion with a huge backyard. Her parents are always away so she has it mostly to herself and Mrs. Camp, the housekeeper.
Patrick,18, also lives in this small town, if you can call it that. He is a trained EMT at the age of 16. His father is a mantinence man that, as a volenteer,is also a fireman and his mom works as an English teacher.This town is so small that they don't have an official police department,medical emergany staff or an official fire department. It was all done with volenteers.
On Saturday, 5:41 P.M. Flight 116 en route to New York has crashed in the woods behind Heidi's house. Heidi is in shock for a while and then finds strength to climb back to her house. She calls 911 and Patrick's mother answers. She puts out a call to all the scanners the Junior EMTs have and tells them to check it out. Patrick is the first on site. It really did happen.
Together Patrick, Heidi and volenteers from all over the state come to help. In the midst of this nightmare thats reality people come up with reasons to laugh, to become friends and ways to fall in love.
Buy the book to find out what really happens. Be there with Heidi and Patrick as they rescue people. Be there with the passengers and the people who are waiting anxiously for flight 116 to land. Be there when they find out the horrible news and feel the pain, the love and the laughter. It truly is a wonderful book in my opinion.
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As you can tell it's about a plane crash. A 747 came down close to Heidi's yard.Read more