Janet Gould-Nolan

Photo of Janet Gould-NolanEducation

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1979
Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 1983


Janet Nolan
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Biographical Note

Janet Nolan lives in Illinois with her husband and five-year-old dog, Ladybug. She has two adult children, who she couldn't be prouder of. Janet has a B.A. 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.

Seven and a half tons of steelPublication Type

Children's Literature

Latest Publication Title

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

Additional Publications

The Firehouse Light, Random House, 2010
A Father's Day Thank You
, Albert Whitman & Company, 2007 
The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh, Albert Whitman & Company, 2002

Publication Excerpt

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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