911: The Book of Help
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911: The Book of Help

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In 911: The Book of Help, award-winning writers share their responses to the September 11, 2001 tragedy and describe the heroism of those who first rushed to help. The works in 911 are donated, and 50 percent of the net proceeds will go to a charity assisting children and spouses of victims.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 25th 2002 by Cricket Books/Marcato
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Alyse Liebovich
I read the intro to this book when I found it at the ISLMA conference last fall. It took almost a year for me to pick it up again and actually read it. The timing intentional, it's hard not for me to reflect on the difference between 9/10/01 and 9/11/01 around this time of year.

Edited by Michael Cart, this book is broken up into four sections, titled: Healing, Searching For History, Asking Why? Why? Why? and Reacting and Recovering. Renowned writers, such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Walter Dean Myers,...more
Kathleen Garber
Oct 07, 2007 Kathleen Garber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting to know more about what 911/tragedy is like
When I first saw this book I thought it was about calling 911 but it's about 9/11 as in September 11, 2001.

Indeed the authors explain: "One of the awful ironies of the attacks is that they occurred on a date, 9/11, that is the same as the telephone number we are accustomed to call for emergency assistance. By calling this book 911: The Book of Help, we hope to underscore the fact that 911 must remain not only a telephone number but also a symbol of the selfless human capacity to aid those in ev...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I am a little confused as to why we read this for an adolescent literature class because while it is a beautiful and potent medley of author responses to 9/11, it seems like it's almost written more as a coping mechanism for the authors. It completely leaves out the teen perspective, as today's teens would have been children in 2001 and would have experienced the original event differently, perhaps less personally, but maybe more horrifically. While it's not a great teen book, portions of it wou...more
I love the concept behind this, and most of all, I love the Katherine Paterson piece in the beginning, which I've reread several times. It is perfect that this is a thing.

I think I wasn't as invested in every single piece, overall? But that's okay. Maybe someday I will revisit them all.
This was ok. The premise sounded exciting--a bunch of YA/kid lit authors responding, mostly in personal essays, to 9/11, but I only liked some of them. Which is ok, I guess.
If you want a book that deals with the wide impact of 9/11, this is for you. There's not a specific political agenda; different authors present their reactions.
Mrs. Mo
Powerful reflections and reactions to 9/11 written by authors
Personal essays, narratives and poems
Beautifully compiled
Marcus Quinones
It talks about the Twin Towers.
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Former Director of the Beverly Hills (CA) Public Library and a Past President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is a nationally recognized expert in children's and young adult literature. Now a columnist and reviewer for ALA's Booklist magazine, he is the author or editor of eight books, including From Romance to Realism, a critical history of YA literature; MY FATHER'S...more
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