The Day the World Came to Town Book
Score: 4
From 43 Ratings

The Day the World Came to Town


  • Author : Jim DeFede
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-07-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062103284

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The Day the World Came to Town Excerpt :

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news. Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

The Day the World Came to Town Book
Score: 4
From 42 Ratings

The Day the World Came to Town


  • Author : Jim DeFede
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2003-08-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 0060559713

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The Day the World Came to Town Excerpt :

"For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed." When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers. Roxanne and Clarke Loper were excited to be on their way home from a lengthy and exhausting trip to Kazakhstan, where they had adopted a daughter, when their plane suddenly changed course and they found themselves in Newfoundland. Hannah and Dennis O'Rourke, who had been on vacation in Ireland, were forced to receive updates by telephone on the search for their son Kevin, who was among the firefighters missing at the World Trade Center. George Vitale, a New York state trooper and head of the governor's security detail in New York City who was returning from a trip to Dublin, struggled to locate his sister Patty, who worked in the Twin Towers. A family of Russian immigrants, on their way to the Seattle area to begin a new life, dealt with the uncertainty of conditions in their future home. The people of Gander were asked to aid and care for these distraught travelers, as well as for thousands more, and their response was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight-crew member so that he could give her a hug as a favor to her sister, a fellow law enforcement officer who managed to reach him by phone. Eithne Smith, an elementary-school teacher, helped the passengers staying at her school put together letters to family members all over the world, which she then faxed. Bonnie Harris, Vi Tucker

Come from Away Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings

Come from Away


  • Author : Genevieve Graham
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501142925

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Come from Away Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War. In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store. Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand. Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

Channel of Peace Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Channel of Peace


  • Author : Kevin Tuerff
  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487005146

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Channel of Peace Excerpt :

One of the inspirations for the smash hit Broadway musical Come From Away, Channel of Peace is an unforgettable memoir of the extraordinary kindness afforded to passengers whose flights were re-routed to Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001. When Kevin Tuerff and his partner boarded their flight from France to New York City on September 11, 2001, they had no idea that a few hours later the world — and their lives — would change forever. After U.S. airspace closed following the terrorist attacks, Kevin, who had been experiencing doubts about organized religion, found himself in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, with thousands of other refugees or “come from aways.” Channel of Peace is a beautiful account of how the people of Gander rallied with boundless acts of generosity and compassion for the “plane people,” renewing Kevin’s spirituality and inspiring him to organize an annual and growing “giving back” day. His unforgettable and uplifting story, along with others, has reached thousands of people when it was incorporated into the Broadway musical Come From Away.

Don t Tell the Newfoundlanders Book

Don t Tell the Newfoundlanders


  • Author : Greg Malone
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2014-01-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307401342

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Don t Tell the Newfoundlanders Excerpt :

The true story, drawn from official documents and hours of personal interviews, of how Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation and became Canada's tenth province in 1949. A rich cast of characters--hailing from Britain, America, Canada and Newfoundland--battle it out for the prize of the resource-rich, financially solvent, militarily strategic island. The twists and turns are as dramatic as any spy novel and extremely surprising, since the "official" version of Newfoundland history has held for over fifty years almost without question. Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders will change all that.

Korean Vegetarian Cooking Book

Korean Vegetarian Cooking


  • Author : Shin Kim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-11-11
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 099822491X

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Commander Gander Goes to Come from Away Book

Commander Gander Goes to Come from Away


  • Author : Dawn Baker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-04-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1771177233

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Commander Gander Goes to Come from Away Excerpt :

Commander Gander loves his job with the Town of Gander. He gets to help out with holidays and community events--especially with children. When dozens of planes arrive unexpectedly in his town with thousands of people, Commander Gander goes the extra mile to help out. He does everything he can to comfort and entertain hundreds of children. Now, as a reward for his hard work, Commander Gander travels to New York to see a very special musical called Come From Away. It turns out to be an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience--one that leaves our hero even more grateful that he gets to work with and care for children every day!

The Day the Klan Came to Town Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

The Day the Klan Came to Town


  • Author : Bill Campbell
  • Publisher : PM Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-17
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781629638942

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The Day the Klan Came to Town Excerpt :

The year is 1923. The Ku Klux Klan is at the height of its power in the US as membership swells into the millions and they expand beyond their original southern borders. As they grow, so do their targets. As they continue their campaigns of terror against African Americans, their list now includes Catholics and Jews, southern and eastern Europeans, all in the name of “white supremacy.” But they are no longer considered a terrorist organization. By adding the messages of moral decency, family values, and temperance, the Klan has slapped on a thin veneer of respectability and has become a “civic organization,” attracting ordinary citizens, law enforcement, and politicians to their particular brand of white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant “Americanism.” Pennsylvania enthusiastically joined that wave. That was when the Grand Dragon of Pennsylvania decided to display the Klan’s newfound power in a show of force. He chose a small town outside of Pittsburgh named after Andrew Carnegie; a small, unassuming borough full of “Catholics and Jews,” the perfect place to teach these immigrants “a lesson.” Some thirty thousand members of the Klan gathered from as far as Kentucky for “Karnegie Day.” After initiating new members, they armed themselves with torches and guns to descend upon the town to show them exactly what Americanism was all about. The Day the Klan Came to Town is a fictionalized retelling of the riot, focusing on a Sicilian immigrant, Primo Salerno. He is not a leader; he’s a man with a troubled past. He was pulled from the sulfur mines of Sicily as a teen to fight in the First World War. Afterward, he became the focus of a local fascist and was forced to emigrate to the United States. He doesn’t want to fight but feels that he may have no choice. The entire town needs him—and indeed everybody—to make a stand.

The Danger Tree Book

The Danger Tree


  • Author : David MacFarlane
  • Publisher : Vintage Books Canada
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Newfoundland
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN 10 : 9780676972948

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Emulating the circuitous tales told by his mother's relatives, the Goodyears of Newfoundland, David Macfalane weaves the major events of the island's twentieth century--the ravages of tuberculosis; the great seal-hunt disaster; the bitter Confederation debate, and above all, the First World War--into his own tale of the ill-starred fortunes of his family. He brings to life a multi-generational cast of characters who are as colourful as only Newfoundlanders can be. With humour, insight, and genuine love for those heroes and charlatans, pirates and dreamers, he explores the meaning of family and the consequences of forgotten history.

Me and the Sky Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Me and the Sky


  • Author : Beverley Bass
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525645511

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Me and the Sky Excerpt :

The groundbreaking female pilot featured in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away tells her story in this high-flying and inspiring picture-book autobiography! When Beverley Bass was a young girl in the late 1950s, she told her parents she wanted to fly planes--and they told her that girls couldn't be pilots. Still, they encouraged her, and brought her to a nearby airport to watch the planes take off and land. After decades of refusing to take no for an answer, in 1986 Beverley became the first female pilot promoted to captain by American Airlines and led the first all-female crewed flight shortly thereafter. Her revolutionary career became even more newsworthy when she was forced to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to US airspace closures. After several days there, she flew her crew and passengers safely home. Beverley's incredible life is now immortalized in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away. Here, discover how she went from an ambitious young girl gazing up at the sky to a groundbreaking pilot smiling down from the cockpit. "Inspiring and up, up, and away all the way."--Kirkus "An inspiring biography about one woman's determination to forge a new path."--Booklist

Pearl in the Sand Book
Score: 4.5
From 60 Ratings

Pearl in the Sand


  • Author : Tessa Afshar
  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802498786

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Pearl in the Sand Excerpt :

Can a Canaanite harlot who made her living enticing men be a fitting wife for a leader of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes. This 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes new features that will invite you into the untold story of Rahab’s journey from lowly outcast to redeemed child of God. Rahab’s home is built into a wall, a wall that fortifies and protects the City of Jericho. However, other walls surround her too, walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness… Years of pain and betrayal have wounded Rahab’s heart—she doubts whether her dreams of experiencing true love will ever come true… A woman with a wrecked past—a man of success, of faith... of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

The Day Punctuation Came to Town Book

The Day Punctuation Came to Town


  • Author : Kimberlee Gard
  • Publisher : Familius
  • Release Date : 2019-08-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781641702065

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The Day Punctuation Came to Town Excerpt :

Runner-up for the Reading the West Book Awards

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town


  • Author : Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • Release Date : 2011-07-19
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429957854

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Excerpt :

National Book Award Winner The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched in hand to see the fattest boy in the world. Toby Wilson is having the toughest summer of his life. It's the summer his mother leaves for good; the summer his best friend's brother returns from Vietnam in a coffin. And the summer that Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, arrives in their sleepy Texas town. While it's a summer filled with heartache of every kind, it's also a summer of new friendships gained and old friendships renewed. And it's Zachary Beaver who turns the town of Antler upside down and leaves everyone, especially Toby, changed forever. With understated elegance, Kimberly Willis Holt tells a compelling coming-of-age story about a thirteen-year-old boy struggling to find himself in an imperfect world. At turns passionate and humorous, this extraordinary novel deals sensitively and candidly with obesity, war, and the true power of friendship. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is the winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. This title has Common Core connections.

Tomlinson Hill Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Tomlinson Hill


  • Author : Chris Tomlinson
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2014-07-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466850507

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Tomlinson Hill Excerpt :

A New York Times Best Seller! Tomlinson Hill is the stunning story of two families—one white, one black—who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name. Internationally recognized for his work as a fearless war correspondent, award-winning journalist Chris Tomlinson grew up hearing stories about his family's abandoned cotton plantation in Falls County, Texas. Most of the tales lionized his white ancestors for pioneering along the Brazos River. His grandfather often said the family's slaves loved them so much that they also took Tomlinson as their last name. LaDainian Tomlinson, football great and former running back for the San Diego Chargers, spent part of his childhood playing on the same land that his black ancestors had worked as slaves. As a child, LaDainian believed the Hill was named after his family. Not until he was old enough to read an historical plaque did he realize that the Hill was named for his ancestor's slaveholders. A masterpiece of authentic American history, Tomlinson Hill traces the true and very revealing story of these two families. From the beginning in 1854— when the first Tomlinson, a white woman, arrived—to 2007, when the last Tomlinson, LaDainian's father, left, the book unflinchingly explores the history of race and bigotry in Texas. Along the way it also manages to disclose a great many untruths that are latent in the unsettling and complex story of America. Tomlinson Hill is also the basis for a film and an interactive web project. The award-winning film, which airs on PBS, concentrates on present-day Marlin, Texas and how the community struggles with poverty and the legacy of race today, and is accompanied by an interactive web site called Voice of Marlin, which stores the oral histories collected along the way. Chris Tomlinson has used the reporting skills he honed as a highly respected reporter covering ethnic violence in Africa and the Middle East to fashion a perfect microcosm of America's own ethnic str

Life as We Knew it Book
Score: 4
From 305 Ratings

Life as We Knew it


  • Author : Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 9780152061548

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Life as We Knew it Excerpt :

Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.