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Steps to Courage

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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 3rd 2011 by Createspace
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Ruth Hill
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
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Vicki
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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S.W.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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,
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Spencer Brokaw
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Linda
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked 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!
Norma Budden
I enjoyed this story so much; it felt like I was reading about actual events which may have taken place, though we could never know for sure.

It was hard to put the book down and there were times I feared the towers would collapse before the teens and so many others would get out. Suspense was definitely part of the reading experience but it was also an uplifting story in that it shows how such a terrible tragedy helped shape the lives of others in a positive way.
Sally Gould
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the moving story of three teenagers who have faced tragedy and later find themselves fleeing the World Trade Center on 9/11. The actual attack on the Twin Towers, from the viewpoints of Trina, Mark and Lucas, is very well written. The storyline is well developed, however more showing and less telling would've made it a stronger novel. Nevertheless, I recommend reading Steps to Courage because it's a very good story with great heart.
Kathy Hinchee Purdy
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
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Oscar Portillo
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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