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On January 12, 2010, the world of the small Caribbean-island nation of Haiti was shaken apart. All aspects of daily life—from clean water and food to having shelter—were turned upside down by one of the most devastating disasters in history. This book is an account of the moment of the disaster and all that followed, including the large and small acts of kindness made around the world to meet the desperate needs of the earthquake’s victims. Earthquake in Haiti includes first-person accounts of the tragedy. A man named Wismond, for example, who was trapped beneath 30 feet of rubble for more than 11 days, recounts what it was like screaming and knocking for help for so long that he almost gave up hope—until his brother (who had escaped the building unharmed) heard him. The book also covers fund-raising efforts to help Haiti, the kind of relief work being done on the island, and the reaction to the disaster by Haitians living in the United States. In all, a life-affirming account of the human instinct to help each other in the darkest of times.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF051160
Genre Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2011
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Code Red
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781936088669, 9781936089017, 9781617721113
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 972.9407'3
ATOS Reading Level 5.7
Lexile Reading Level 910
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 6.3
AR Quiz Number 139238
Author Miriam Aronin
 

Earthquake in Haiti

This title in the Code Red series is concerned with catastrophic events that occurred in a moment and had huge, long-lasting ramifications. The text is written from the points of view of some of the people involved, including primary source direct quotes. Some of the pictures are necessarily graphic, which adds to the authenticity. Maps, photographs, and a list of books for further information are included. For websites, readers are encouraged to go to the publisher’s website. After the description of the disaster there is added information on what happened during the relief effort. This title will be used for browsing as well as for reports. Glossary. Index. Recommended.

Earthquake in Haiti

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Haiti. The ordeal of two survivors, Wismond Exantus Jean-Pierre and Christa Brelsford, during and after the quake, is referred to throughout, but the author also includes two-page chapters on how doctors and rescue teams helped other survivors, and the different ways money has been raised to help fund the relief efforts. Each chapter contains quotes, labeled color photographs, and a sidebar with additional facts. The reality of the disaster is sad to read, but the author does include examples of heroic behaviors, reconstruction efforts, and work programs. Although there is more to do, as the last chapter attests to, there are signs of hope as long as people continue to help those who have lost their loved ones, homes, and jobs. Report writers will find reliable and pertinent information in this book. They may even be inspired to raise money through a charity event of their own, as elementary students did in Arizona, Baltimore, and Great Britain.

Earthquake in Haiti

This title in the Code Red series is concerned with catastrophic events that occurred in a moment and had huge, long-lasting ramifications. The text is written from the points of view of some of the people involved, including primary source direct quotes. Some of the pictures are necessarily graphic, which adds to the authenticity. Maps, photographs, and a list of books for further information are included. For websites, readers are encouraged to go to the publisher’s website. After the description of the disaster there is added information on what happened during the relief effort. This title will be used for browsing as well as for reports. Glossary. Index. Recommended.

Author/Illustrator biography
Correlations
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs