|Plot Summary of Flight #116 Is Down!|
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.
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Marilyn Steinberger
|Chapter Analysis of Flight #116 Is Down!|
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:
- 2000+ (Present)
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
- passenger plane
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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