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Saturday, 5:10 P.M. Sixteen-year-old Heidi Landseth is alone in her isolated home near New York City.5:15 P.M. Across town, seventeen-year-old Patrick Farquhar, a volunteer rescue worker, longs to prove himself a real emergency.

5:41 P.M. A deafening roar fills the air and the sky glows red. Flight #116, a jumbo jet en route to New York, has crashed in the woods behind Heid
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Perfection Learning (first published March 1st 1992)
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I loved the protagonists, Heidi and Patrick, and also the way Cooney perfectly captured the suspense and sense of heart-stopping horror and sick fascination that people feel when they come face to face with the scene of an accident. As a reader, Cooney managed to make me feel like I'm part of the confusion - at times experiencing the confusion and terror that the passengers experienced, and at times the adrenaline that the rescue workers felt.

By letting us meet different passengers as well as lo
The students have been reading this for years. I've long recognized it as a book to pull students into reading. But I'd never taken it off the shelf until yesterday.

It is good! At first I was confused. The author begins by taking the readers into the thoughts and motivations of a lot of characters. I had a hard time keeping them separate. Then the plane crashed (<--not a spoiler) and I discovered I was already invested in the characters; I cared what happened: if they lived or died or what.

William Young
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I should never have read this book. It probably contributed to my need to be prepared for outlandish emergency scenarios.
Nick Handrich
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High School senior Patrick longs to put his training as an EMT to real use and sophomore Heidi longs for friends and to be useful in life. They both get their wish when a 747 crash lands onto Heidi's parent's estate outside of New York City. Her parents are out of town again and Heidi is first on the scene...she puts her well-focused instincts into high gear as she awaits rescue teams.

As the grisly night wears on with an icy rain and a foreboding nightfall, Heidi and Patrick give strength to on
Kan Puttal
In the first two chapters are very boring because it was just tell the reader about the setting. But it was also quiet interesting because there are many perspective to it.

There are more people in the story now. It's getting confusion. I want the plane to crash already.

How the author describe the crash site is so good. I could see it, but the sentence has so many words in it so it was confusing.
I read this story as a child and later as an adult, and I enjoyed it both times. The book is about a teenage girl, Heidi, whose parents leave at home alone for the weekend while they take a trip. While they are gone an airplane crashes in their backyard! Heidi must decide whether or not she can face her fears and even death to save complete strangers. Through her experiences she learns about her own capabilities as well as how precious life is. I thought this story was suspenseful and thrilling. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for many reasons. It was very well written, and was very emotional. Cooney did a tremendous job at constructing this book. Even with enjoying the book, there were a couple of downsides. For one, the book was written in a confusing manner. I could rarely keep track of who I was with, because we jumped around in so many different character's minds.
In my current life, feeling useful is a big part in your school life. I think this book did a good job showing that you
This book was my jam when I was in middle school. While checking in books last night at the library I came across this throw back and couldn't believe I came across it again after all these years. I instantly remembered how much I loved it. I couldn't put this book down when I read back then, as it was always with the case for Caroline B. Cooney novels. Just as with all her books, this one was thrilling, scary, intense, non-stop, and I shipped the two main characters long before I even knew what ...more
Ebster Davis
I read this book about nine years ago. I rememer it was a scholastic book so I was expecting it to be little kid appropriate.

Not so!

It was very intense account, not only of the a plane crash itself, but of the community's disaster-response implementation.

Very intense, dramatic, and at some times violent.

I remember the story was significant to me at the time because most of the characters are teenagers who think of themselves as adults (one of them has a job and stuff) and then they become inv
Although flight #116 took me about one month to read, when I was reading it, it seemed as if the book was flying by. The book did start off a little slow for my liking but the tempo picked up right after the plane crash. The two main characters are well developed, and continue to develop throughout the book. Most of the other characters were well developed as well. The author really brought you into the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys drama and an upbeat tempo to their bo ...more
Lydia Smiley
This book was good but you would get lost and confused during it. The author switch pint of views witch was creative but you would get lost with whose view the author was telling. I read this book for school and I wouldn't have grabbed it off one of the shelf's at the book store. Although if it wasn't confusing then I would of gave it 5 stars because it was a good book.
Cole Cucitrone
The book " Flight 116 Is Down" by Caroline B. Cooney was a very good book. Heidi's parents went to Switzerland for vacation and left Heidi alone. About 2:25 PM flight 116 came down. everybody from the town came rushing in to help. Neighbors,police men, fire fighters, etc. They where all pitching in to get everybody out from the plane. The only problem was Heidi's drive way was to narrow to get the ambulances out because all the people that where helping parked there. This book is a novel because ...more
Rebecca Kittelson
One of my favorite books in middle school!
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 ...more
1995 Rebecca Caudill winner. Patrick is a high school senior, but he's also a fully trained EMT in a town where the only people available to provide emergency services during the day are the older teenagers. Laura and Ty are also EMTs but see their roles in vastly different ways. Daniel, Tuck, Carly, Teddie, and others are passengers on a 747 when it crashes into a copse, killing some passengers and injuring others. Heidi is the teenage girl who lives on the property where the plane crashes, sta ...more
Oldie, but a goodie. This will always be one of my favorite books.

Heidi is home alone with only her housekeeper, Mrs. Camp and her band of dogs to keep her company while her parents are both away on business trips. Heidi’s house, called Dove House, is far from the small town of Nearing River. Patrick is a Junior Volunteer EMT for the Nearing River. Everyday Patrick waits for an opportunity to prove that he is as good as all the adult volunteers. Heidi and Patrick’s paths cross when an airplane c
Julia Brumfield
This was definitely one of the better young adult books in my mind while it was a busy book - both in the plotline (especially after it picked up) and with the characters. I applaud the author on being able to have as many primary characters as she did, keeping their personalities strong instead of bleeding them together and of course being able to keep each separate story going whether it blended or didn't blend with some of the other stories you were reading about while in some cases you had ...more
Jared Burke 11/19/13

Flight #116 Is Down
Caroline B. Cooney

I would rate this book five stars. I enjoyed reading this book because it was action-packed, kept me in suspense, and there were many incidents of bravery.

A 747 with 400 people on board has crashed into a field behind Heidi Landseth’s remote estate. Heidi who is a teenager jumps into action. She calls 911 and then runs to help the survivors. Another teenager, Patrick Farquhar is an EMT and the first to arrive at the scene. Before long s
This was very suspenseful, and like one reviewer said, it takes the reader on a "roller coaster of emotions." I was scared with the victims and felt for them, and I was anxious with Heidi and Patrick, and I didn't like Darienne, the crash survivor who couldn't be bothered to help with the rescue, any more than Heidi did. Cooney did a great job of giving these characters personalities very quickly. After just a few short sections, I already felt for everybody one way or the other, and I had stron ...more
Zach Anderson
Flight #116 Is Down by Caroline B. Cooney is realistic fiction novel. The book is a timeline from when Flight 116 takes off until it has problems. The events are told through the perspective of many different characters and the actions they take when the jumbo jet experiences issues during flight. This traumatic event will alter the lives-for those who live.

Patrick,17, dreams of the disaster where he gets the chance to prove himself as an EMT. He is dismayed that as an EMT, he can deliver babie
Sota Fujimoto
I think so far this book i extremely well set up. I really like how the book organizes by choosing many characters perspectives of the flight. The book is really suspenseful because of how it keeps on changing and it shows how different people are feeling about the journey/fligt. Even though i havent read all alot into the book i still think that it will be an interesting story. What i dont really like about it is that the way the story is set up, it can really confuse me at times. Sometimes i h ...more
It's probably been years since I read this book, and I don't think it's as hard-hitting and alarming for a 27 year old who watches true crime documentaries and researches disasters in her spare time, but I remember very vividly when I first read the book that it was the first disaster novel I'd encountered. Clearly it left a good impression. Cooney manages to nicely capture the chaos and horror while also balancing fascination for the macabre.

I would say this is a younger-skewing young adult nov
Suspenseful read for high schoolers/mature middle schoolers. I say mature because there is reference to teenage drinking, etc. I think I actually did read this literally half a lifetime ago; I vaguely remembered a few parts.
I would have rated it fewer stars, but the action and suspense was good. It would make a good summertime read for teenagers.
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Ava N.
"Heidi constantly got C's no matter how much or how little she tried." (Page 11) This quote very much represents Heidi as a character. She is easily overlooked and disregarded. Although, Heidi isn't necessarily the most outgoing bubbly person. Heidi lives in an isolated mansion somewhere near New York. Her family is RICH and Heidi has never really had to work hard for anything. "Heidi hated boarding school. Get involved! Her parents would write, phone, and demand. Join! Be active!" (Page 11) In ...more
I haven't read this book for a few years, so forgive me if there are any inaccuracies.

There were several things that I really love about this book. I love that you get to meet and grow to like (or dislike) so many different characters, without losing all sense of the action. Because it gave the background of many of the people on the flight, it made it much more real and personal.

I also loved the way people came together to help and forgot their differences. Sounds cheesy, I know, but secretly
I think the characters in this book are brought to life through their back stories and the unique format that the book is written in. It does get you thinking about a crisis, what to do to help, and all the emotion that goes with it. However, it does get pretty graphic and detailed in some parts. I feel it might be a bit deep for 6th graders because I am not sure if they can make life connections just yet. On the other hand, I think this book would be great for 8th or 9th graders. Some of the ma ...more
This was a super fast read. It wasn't anything fantastic, but it was entertaining and had an interesting plot. I'm always a fan of survival stories.
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