|Plot Summary of Flight #116 Is Down!|
|"This book is about a normal girl in an abnormal situation. Her yard has a plane crash in it and she must help the survivors."
Marilyn Steinberger, Resident Scholar
|"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. 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. 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.
, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Flight #116 Is Down!|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 25%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 15%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Big vehicle disaster?
Kind of vehicle:
Kid or adult book?
- Ages 7-14
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
- passenger plane
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 3rd
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
- hundreds or more
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog