Please sign-in to...
  • Save Orders
  • View Saved Orders
  • View Order History
  • Save Wish Lists
  • Move Wish List to Cart
  • and more!

Do not show this message again.

Recently Viewed Products

You have not viewed any products recently.

Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11
Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11
Alternative Views
  • There are no alternate images available for this product.
Award Winners Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader

Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11

by Julie Gassman
Illustrated by Steve Moors

September 11, 2001 was a black day in U.S. history. Amid the chaos, sea captains and crews raced by boat to the tragic Manhattan scene. Nearly 500,000 people on Manhattan Island were rescued that day in what would later be called the largest sea evacuation in history. In this rarely told story of heroism, we come to understand that in our darkest hours, people shine brightly as a beacon of hope.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level850L
ATOS Level4.7
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #184690
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
PublisherCapstone Press
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

Additional Formats
Price: $20.99


The Booklist Reader - Cindy Dobrez & Lynn Rutan

"Gassman’s straightforward prose style is all the more powerful and moving for its simplicity, and Steve Moors’s accompanying illustrations are perfect for the story. In a palate of black, gray, dirty white, and flashes of sky blue, the art supports the emotion of the scenes. . . .I really appreciate it both as an important piece of history and as a very effective picture book providing youngsters who may know very little about 9/11 with just the right amount of straightforward information." - The Booklist Reader

February 22, 2017


"Accessible, informative text presents the tragedy with relevant detail and explains how captains and crews worked together to bring almost 500,000 people to safety. . .Quotations from these heroic responders bring immediacy to the story, while the author's note offers an additional personal perspective. . . .This accessible, fact-based account of the boat evacuations that took place on 9/11 puts faces on some of the many heroes who stepped forward to help in a time of crisis." - Kirkus

May 15, 2016


Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Mr. Rogers is famously quoted that during tragic events, it’s helpful to kids to look for the helpers. This picture book does just that. It details how after the towers fell, many people needed to get to safety and boats of every kind raced to Manhattan Island to rescue as many people as possible. Hope. That’s what this book is about, even during the most dark of times. (The author was one of the people rescued by a boat!)" - Imagination Soup

December 15, 2016

Publishers Weekly

"The narrative provides a grim, age-appropriate recounting of the Twin Towers’s destruction before describing how 500,000 people escaped Manhattan via the water. . . .Quotations from boat captains punctuate the story, while a limited color palette contributes to the somber tone. . . .An author’s note details Gassman’s personal water-evacuation story, and a glossary (including victim and tragedy) rounds out this inspiring tale of how an impromptu flotilla offered refuge and hope, “a light on the city’s darkest day.”" - Publishers Weekly

May 2, 2016


Publishers Weekly, "15 Years After September 11" - Natasha Gilmore

"In this picture book, Gassman tells the true story of sea captains and their crews who helped to evacuate nearly 500,000 people that day. The art adds a unique dimension to this story, with an emphasis on the blue sky as a backdrop to detailed, monochromatic line drawings." - Publishers Weekly, "15 Years After September 11"

August 18, 2016


The New York Public Library

100 Best Books for Kids 2016

November 1, 2016

Mackin Books in Bloom blog

Favorite 2016 Nonfiction

December 1, 2016

Foreword Magazine

2016 Foreword INDIES Book Award Finalists Juvenile Nonfiction category

March 1, 2017

California Reading Association

2017 Eureka! Honor Award

October 1, 2017

Wisconsin State Reading Association

2017 Picture This Recommendation List

February 1, 2017

Julie Gassman

Julie Gassman

The youngest in a family of nine children, Julie Gassman grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New York City. She now lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children.

Go to the Author’s Page →