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Kalman, Maira.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002.
IL K-3, RL 4.2
ISBN 0399239537

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

In 1931 "amazing things happen, big and small." Things like the Empire State Building being built, Babe Ruth hitting his 611th home run, the first Snickers candy bar, the word 'hotcha' newly thought up, and a new large, fast fireboat, the John J. Harvey, being launched in New York City's harbor. By 1995, that boat had served the city well, and went into retirement. Is that the end of the Harvey's story? Not quite! This heroic an old boat was pressed back into service following the horrible attack on the World Trade Towers on September 11th, 2001. The city survives, will build again, and life will go on: hotcha!  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)

Booktalk #2

Do you know what was happening in 1931? It was a big year in New York City! The Empire State Building opened. The George Washington Bridge opened too. The Snickers candy bar was first sold. Babe Ruth hit his 611th homerun, and the John J Harvey fireboat was first launched. After fighting fires on the Hudson River for many years, the John J Harvey was retired. A group of friends bought her and restored the boat to use for fun. On September 11, 2001, the John J Harvey was called into service to help by ferrying people to safety.  (L. Ulmer,  South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Non fiction SUBJECTS:     John J. Harvey (Fireboat)
                        Boats and boating.
                        Fire extinction.
                        September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
                        World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)


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