Ollie Escapes the Great Chicago Fire

Ollie Escapes the Great Chicago Fire

Ollie Escapes the Great Chicago Fire

Ollie Escapes the Great Chicago Fire


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Twelve-year-old Ollie is struggling to get by as an orphan in 1871 Chicago. He finds work as a servant for the wealthy Burnham family, including caring for five-year-old Leo Burnham. But Ollie has a little sister of his own—Eliza. Ollie saves every penny he can to someday get Eliza out of an orphan asylum and support them both. Then a massive fire breaks out in the city, and chaos descends. Suddenly Ollie must not only escape the burning city with little Leo, but he must find his lost sister among the wreckage as well. Will Ollie’s wits and bravery be enough to save the Burnham’s son and his own sister?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781663921376
Publisher: Capstone
Publication date: 01/01/2022
Series: Smithsonian Historical Fiction
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Salima Alikhan has been a freelance writer and illustrator for fourteen years. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes and illustrates children’s books. Salima also teaches creative writing at St. Edward’s University and English at Austin Community College. Her books and art can be found at www.salimaalikhan.net.

Jacqui Davis was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the United Kingdom as a child. Jacqui has been producing art for children’s books and board games since 2012, after studying animation at Staffordshire University. She enjoys painting everything from adorable animals to villainous wizards. Bringing life to characters is something she’s always been passionate about in her work. She currently lives and works in Lytham-St-Annes, which is great for walks through the woods or ambles along the estuary.


Produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian, capitalizing on the reputation, assets, and name recognition of this prestigious institution;

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