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Flight #116 Is Down!

Hardly a classic, but still a riveting adventure.
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What parents need to know


Several references to victims burning to death; horrible wounds. High emotional intensity, as readers wonder who will live.

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One mild expletive.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book is intense -- some characters die, and there are gruesome injuries -- but it may be a good choice for reluctant readers. An impossible-to-put-down story, it makes no claim to being great literature, but realistic excitement directed straight at teens keeps them reading. This book may inspire readers to learn about emergency care.

What's the story?

Heidi is sixteen, living on a huge estate. She can't get better than C's, can't make many friends, and doesn't think much of herself. Patrick is seventeen, from a working family, and lives to be a volunteer emergency worker.

While Heidi's parents are away, a 747 crashes into her estate. She makes her uncertain way toward the passengers, leaving her insecurities behind, simply to act. Patrick arrives first to wade through the carnage, while Darienne, a passenger, walks away unhurt.

Hundreds of workers arrive and the book follows several of them, always focusing on the three teenagers: Heidi, Patrick, and the beautiful but incredibly selfish Darienne.

Daniel, a fifteen-year old trapped in the wreckage, feels his anger toward his parents dissolve as he wonders if he'll walk again, or even live. But everyone forgets little five-year-old Teddie. Will she survive? Heidi and Patrick find unknown strengths within themselves as the suspense blazes forward.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters in the story. How do the backgrounds of the characters affect how they respond to this emergency? How do you think you would respond?

Book details

Author:Caroline B. Cooney
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:January 1, 1992
Number of pages:201

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydspeller February 27, 2014

Flight 116 Is Down

i really dont like this story because i didnt like how a plane crashed in the girl yard. which also have to many problem in the story with the character.
Teen, 13 years old Written byangelbrookelin April 9, 2008

this book is romantic and horrorifying! I enjoyed it!

Teen, 17 years old Written bylaylay143 April 4, 2014

Umm, Okay

Well there are characters who die and in the begining of the book it does have the word sex in it so its really not for 11 and under