Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan

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A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial...A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers.
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There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship's bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.
 

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Author profile: Janet Nolan has a BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a master's degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.Illustrator profile: Thomas Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald's.
 
Published January 1, 2016 by Peachtree Publishers. 36 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, War.
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A reverent account of the creation of a seagoing 9/11 memorial...A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers.

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