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Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

Peachtree Publishers, 2016


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 9/11, seven and a half tons of steel from a beam in the World Trade Center was gifted to the US Navy, where it traveled to New

Orleans and weathered Hurricane Katrina to become the bow of the USS New York in an inspiring and hopeful story of rebuilding and redemption.

Seven and a half Tons of Steel Janet Nolan book Cover


“A deeply felt but not overwrought telling of a story that will be new to most young readers.”

—Kirkus Reviews


Gonzalez’s breathtaking spreads dazzle… The emphasis is not on damage and destruction, but on America’s power to recover. Teachers and parents looking for picture books that celebrate the nation and its military will welcome Nolan and Gonzalez’s work.”

—Publishers Weekly


“This beautiful, sober, and hopeful recounting of a difficult chapter in American history is a stellar addition to history collections.”

—School Library Journal

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel Awards

Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2018 - 2019 

Magnolia Book Award, 2019 

Land of Enchantment Award, 2018 - 2019

Show Me Readers Award!, 2018 - 2019

Alabama Camelia Children’s Book Award, 2019

Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award, 2019 

Charlotte Award (Nominee) New York State Reading Association, 2018

Comstock Read Aloud Honor Books, 2017

The Georgia Center for the Book – Books All Young Georgians Should Read, 2017 

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee) - Maryland Association of School Librarians, 2017 - 2018 

ILA 2017 Teachers’ Choice Reading List 

Illinois Reads (Grades 3-5) Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Horned Toad Tales (Nominee) - Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. 2017 - 2018

Great Lakes Great Books Award (Nominee, Grades 2-3) - Michigan Reading Association, 2017 - 2018 

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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