I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived Series #5)

I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived Series #5)

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by Lauren Tarshis
     
 

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The terrifying details of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake jump off the page!

Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco -- not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he's free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new

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The terrifying details of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake jump off the page!

Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco -- not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he's free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new businesses and families move in every day from everywhere, and anything seems possible.

But early one spring morning, everything changes. Leo's world is shaken -- literally -- and he finds himself stranded in the middle of San Francisco as it crumbles and burns to the ground. Does Leo have what it takes to survive this devastating disaster?

The I SURVIVED series continues with another thrilling story of a boy caught in one of history's most terrifying disasters!

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Praise for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912:

"The fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages." -- Kirkus

Praise for I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916:

"This is a gripping story that will hold the interest of reluctant readers." -- SLJ

Praise for I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005:

“Expressive illustrations capture the drama of the storm and its aftermath, but the book’s real power comes from its exploration of what it means to be a hero.” -- Booklist

Children's Literature - Jill Walton
Until twenty hours before the earthquake, Leo has his gold nugget. Leo also has warm memories of his papa telling stories of brave Grandpop and Papa saying that Leo has his Grandpop's "guts and good luck." His papa always ended the stories by giving the nugget to Leo to hold. But now his gold nugget, his promise of a better life, has been stolen by two vicious street thugs. For the enterprising young Leo, a self-sufficient orphan who supports himself selling newspapers on the streets of San Francisco, the destructive earthquake of 1906 follows a personal disaster of major proportion. Leo is intent on retrieving his gold nugget until his friend, Morris, and the earthquake foil his efforts. Survival becomes all that matters. All over San Francisco, buildings are collapsing; fires burn out of control and the people are helpless to take care of themselves. Leo will persevere and help other people. This chapter book, in the "I Survived" series, does not have one dull moment. The adventures are fast paced, the descriptions are vivid, and all the illustrations fit the time period and mood. The gold nugget illustration on the title page and at the beginning of each chapter sparkles! Good will prevail over adversity. The end papers are important to the story. The author, Tarshis, writes about her current impressions of San Francisco as she retraces Leo's steps. The question/answer section offers the where, why and what nature of earthquakes. The additional Facts on Earthquakes explain the pattern of earthquakes and their impact on land and sea and space. Reviewer: Jill Walton

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545206990
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
I Survived Series, #5
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
52,324
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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