Quake!: Disaster in San Francisco 1906

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Quake: Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

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Gr 4-6-Karwoski's novel conveys very capably the fear, disorientation, and shock of living through a major disaster and coping with the aftermath. On occasion the novel's tone seems more like that of historical novels of a few decades ago, but the protagonist is appealingly unvarnished, alternately sweet and angry, open-eyed both to the destruction at large and the smaller scale unhappiness at home since his mother's death. Jacob's latest argument with his father, over a stray dog he wants to keep, results in him leaving home early the morning of the quake and being separated from his family when disaster strikes. Jacob has the unsettling experience of finding a friend's grandmother dead in the city's ruins, but also-thanks to the dog's heightened senses-the opportunity to save the life of San, a Chinese boy who becomes his fast friend. Jacob, already personally familiar with anti-Semitism, sees through San's eyes how badly the Chinese immigrants are treated. On the other hand, the boys also take part in the community created by the tent cities, in which people who might otherwise never have met begin to live and work together. The hoped-for happy ending materializes, but not before Jacob entertains the strong possibility that he may have to live with San's family if his own cannot be found or-worse-is dead. He also learns that he should not let disagreements stand between him and his loved ones. Quake! combines disaster and family longing for a sturdily constructed and affecting look at the past.-Coop Renner, Fairmeadows Elementary, Duncanville, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453108
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Man's Best Friend Saves Boy After Quake

    This book was very exciting and adventure was about to begin for Jacob Kaufman as he walked a stray dog early in the morning of 1906. The earthquake happens and Jacob can¿t find his family. This is an adventure for Jacob and his dog. Another friend is made along the way when Jacob¿s dog rescues a trapped boy in Chinatown. Back then Chinese people were treated poorly and even after the quake kids were treating him differently so Jacob tries his best to help him. This book was filled with excitement and adventure, the timing for things was just rite and the settings were described with detail. The decisions were big in this book and kept you reading. The end wasn¿t obvious and the book was complete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    The best book I ever read!

    The book was about a boy who was in an earthquake and his sister and father and uncle and aunt were their house and he was with his dog Quake, and their boarding house fell down and he had to search for his father, sister uncle and aunt. He searched with a boy named San. San found his father and Jacob found his family. I think if you could give it a certain amount of stars and the highest was a billion, I would give it a billion out of a billion stars. I love this book because it was very adventurous! It was one of the best books I ever read.

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