Friday, May 4, 2018

The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi - ADVISABLE

Rinaldi, Tom  The Red Bandanna, 162 pages. NON-FICTION Viking (Penguin), 2017. $18. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.  

Welles Crowther worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  On September 11, 2001 Welles was an unknown hero who helped multiple people escape the tower, and then went missing.  The one characteristic that the survivors remembered was a red bandanna and that helped Welles’ family understand his last moments.  The red bandanna became an inspiration for many of the good in people and to honor those who were selfless that day.  

This is a young adult adaptation of Rinaldi's adult book.  This book gives a short biography of Welles as he is growing up and his aspirations to be a fireman.  Rinaldi breaks down the terrorist attack on 9/11 from the viewpoint of those who survived in the South Tower and it explains some of the ways the U.S. has tried to honor the heroes of that day.  In the middle of the book there is an explanation of the financial world that Welles works in that might bog down some younger readers, but they will push through because the overall story is interesting.  This is an inspiring and heartwarming book and the only violence is some minimal explanation of injuries incurred after the South Tower was hit.  

EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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