"Flight #116 is Down!" is a great book about young people stepping up to the plate in the event of a catastrophe. In the book, a 747 crashes in Heidi's yard. Heidi is an average student, an average person, someone that fades in the background and doesn't like anything unplanned.
The other main character of the book is Patrick, a 17 year-old junior EMT on the local rescue squad. He's been wanting something terrible to happen - not because he's a horrible person, but because he's a trained EMT and wants a chance to prove himself.
Throughout the book, we grow to like Heidi and Patrick very much. We also become quite attached to most of the passengers on the plane.
My 7th graders love this book and I'd recommend it highly to that age group.