Parents' Guide to

Flight #116 Is Down!

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Hardly a classic, but still a riveting adventure.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

One of my favorites

I first read this book in middle school and I still love it. It's impossible to put down, realistic, and with really compelling characters. I strongly recommend it, but keep in mind that it's about a plane crash- there are injuries and deaths abound, described in detail. Not for a faint-hearted or nightmare-prone child, I suppose.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
age 18+


This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (11):

An entertaining melodrama, this adventure novel is a good choice for reluctant readers. It doesn't have much literary merit, but it is terrific entertainment with a good message. The characters must all let go of some ingrained ideas they have about themselves, and in giving up these falsehoods, they mature. The story features both male and female leading characters, so both boys and girls will be able to identify with at least one of them and imagine themselves stumbling through the wet forest, frantically trying to save injured passengers.

Book Details

  • Author: Caroline B. Cooney
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: January 1, 1992
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 201
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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