It's April 18, 1906, and a powerful earthquake has just rocked San Francisco. Photographer Edith Irvine and her assistant, Daisy Valentine, survive the tragedy. Armed with Edith's camera, the two women set out to document the devastation--even as buildings crumble around them and soldiers promise to shoot anyone trying to photograph the crippled city.
Based on the real-life experience of photographer Edith Irvine, this harrowing tale of bravery and survival includes many of Irvine's now-famous photographs.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Series:||Great Episodes Series|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.56(d)|
|Lexile:||840L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
KRISTIANA GREGORY is the author of several award-winning novels. She lives in Boise, Idaho.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I like reading books about the San Francisco 1906 earthquake. This book was okay, but not very good in my opinion. It had the makings of an interesting storyline: A photographer and her assistant are leaving to go on a worldwide trip. However, just as they are about to embark on their exciting adventure, the pair is stopped in their tracks by the infamous 1906 earthquake. So they are forced to remain in California and forget about their once-in-a-lifetime journey. These two young women must instead help pick up the broken pieces of the city and photograph the disaster through their eyes. They lend a hand any way they are able to, making new friends along the way... even meeting famous author, Jack London. There were several points in the book that I thought should not be included--things that were slightly inappropriate. I couldn't recommend "Earthquake at Dawn" to my own friends. If venturing to read it, minimum age for this book, I'd say 14 & up. If you are interested in reading a fictional account of this historic event, I would rather recommend for you to read Quake!: Disaster in San Francisco, 1906 by Gail Langer Karwoski.
We have read several books by Kristina Gregory. Her first, Jenny of the Tetons, was an interesting story but was laced with filthy language. Her two books about Jimmy Spoon, were fairly good. And her "Prairie River" series is excellent. Therefore, when I saw this work of historical fiction about the famous 1906 San Francisco, CA, earthquake and fire in the consignment section of a homeschool bookstore, I picked it up, being familiar with the author's name. Since then, I have seen it listed in two homeschooling catalogues. The narrator, fifteen-year old Daisy Valentine who is a servant and traveling companion to the heroine, is fictional, but many of the characters in the book are real, especially the heroine, photographer Edith Irvine, her father, two famous people whom she meets in San Francisco following the earthquake, writer Jack London and actor John Barrymore, both of whose experiences during that time are chronicled in their writings, as well as some of the other people such as the Somerses, the Westlakes, both mentioned in Edith's diary, and even Mary Exa whose 1906 letter to relatives was used by the author. As to language, it is not too bad--a couple of times when "God" is used as an interjection and a few common euphemisms (gosh, golly, tarnation). For the sake of "realism," I suppose, Gregory did have to go into some detail about going to the bathroom under adverse conditions and what a baby does to nurse from its mother. And there is one disturbing scene where a man whose legs are trapped by rubble in the wake of a rapidly rushing fire asks to be shot rather than burn and is granted his request. I suppose that things like that probably did happen, but I really question their mention in what is intended as "juvenile fiction." Otherwise this is a very readable with little objectionable material in it.
I had this book for summer reading last year. It wasn't very thick so i thought i would go right through it. I read the whole book in a day because it was so interesting. I love history becuase I like thinking of the things that happened in the past and what could have been or was. This book was very interesting because, maybe not the story, but the earthquake truly happened. It kept me at attention because every page was a new character or something happening that you wouldn't have expected. It was written well I think and they even gave Jack London an appearance. This is one of my favorite books and if you just read it then I think you will like it too!