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Steps to Courage

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Trina Lacy knew all about survival. Since her accident, she has been determined never to feel like a victim, but live life as a survivor. Her classmate, Mark Jacobs did not think he deserved to be a survivor. Plagued by guilt for his role in his parent's death, he felt life was not so great. Trina's ex-boyfriend Lucas James felt guilty for the accident he caused that left...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Createspace
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I didn't know how I would feel reading this book because there was so much death
and destruction on that day, but it actually made me feel better about 9/11. Whenever I've thought about it in the years since, I've only thought of the lives lost and the people they left behind. I felt nothing but a horrible sadness. Thanks to the author, I now have seen what that day may have been like for those that miraculously survived. Yes, they went through a living hell that day, but they made it through. Th...more
Sandra Stiles
May 04, 2012 Sandra Stiles added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my own personal book. It is the story of three teens who find themselves in the Twin Towers on 9/11. It came about when on that day I sat with a group of sixth graders in the classroom watching it unfold on TV and one of them asked me if there were kids like them in the Towers. It made me wonder what it would have been like from their perspective and after much research Steps to Courage came about. It is not only a story of survival but a story of courage in our every day lives.
Ruth Hill
This is the first time I have dared to read any book--fiction or nonfiction--about 9/11, and I have to say that I was impressed and touched.

The first half of this book is absolutely stellar. I was pleased to discover how much research the author had done concerning 9/11 and New York. The descriptions of the terror attack and just afterwards were heart-wrenching and brought a tear to my eye. I will say that I do not normally cry when reading a book, and had it not been for the well-written text,...more
Spencer Brokaw
I recently read an amazing book, it was Steps to Courage by Sandra Stiles. It has to do with 9/11. This book astounded me in many ways. It is a real eye opener. It follows three characters, Trina, Mark, and Lucas. In the beginning, each chapter focuses on a different character and their point of view. I enjoyed the way the book was written. The way the author describes and tells the story makes me feel better about what happened on that terrible day. I always thought of death and suicide when fa...more
Sep 15, 2012 S.W. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is the first book that I have read that is based on events around September 11. I think we all remember where we were when the news came, and how we felt as we watched it unfold on TV before our eyes. Having such vivid pictures in my mind of that day, it was so easy to visualize what was happening in this book. I thought that the author did a wonderful job in presenting a teen's point of view. Can you imagine how many stories could be told from that day?

This book is more than a 9/11 story,...more
Sep 11, 2012 Linda added it
I was reading the book this week and realized it was Sept 11, the 11th year since the Twin Tower attacks. The story brought the horror home.

Then near the end of the book Lucas is injured by an IED in Afghanistan. The description of his coming out of coma and the recovery phase were almost identical to what we witnessed our son go through in May to August of 2012 in Tokyo following a severe pedestrian car accident.
This was uncanny. It was like it was our story!
Kathy Hinchee Purdy
I enjoyed this book. Sandra made me feel as though I was experiencing September 11th all over again but from the perspective of the victims. I recommend this book!
Oscar Portillo
I personally read this book I think this book is GREAT! I rate it a 5 star!I love your book ms.stiles my favorite language arts teacher!
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