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Can You Survive the Johnstown Flood?: An Interactive History Adventure
Can You Survive the Johnstown Flood?: An Interactive History Adventure
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Can You Survive the Johnstown Flood?: An Interactive History Adventure

On May 31, 1889, heavy rains and a dam failure sent flood waters sweeping into Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The 50-foot-high wall of water quickly demolished much of the town. Will you and your new husband be able to escape certain doom as you wait for your train to leave the station? Can you climb onto your house’s roof for safety before the building completely fills with water? Will you join in the effort to save others who are floating by on the roofs of their houses? With dozens of possible choices, it’s up to YOU to find a way to survive one of the deadliest disasters in American history.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandYou Choose Books
Age Level8-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
GenreHistorical Fiction
SubjectAction & Adventure
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count112



School Library Journal

"These interactive history adventures offer readers three different characters to follow through the disaster, making over a dozen choices to try and survive. Each character is based on actual records of survivors and victims of the original event, and those individuals are identified in the back matter. Illustrations and photos, some of them archival, emphasize the destruction and devastation of the disaster. Suggested reading and websites for further investigation are offered. Other extras include information on how earthquakes or hurricanes are rated, advances in weather forecasting, or the importance of Red Cross relief efforts. Besides the opportunity to explore each of the possible choices within the narrative, there are also a few additional scenarios suggested in “Other Paths to Consider.” VERDICT Would work well with a unit on natural disasters or as individual reading for history buffs." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2022

Steven Otfinoski

Steven Otfinoski

Steven Otfinoski has written more than 150 books for young readers. Three of his nonfiction books have been chosen Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. Steve is also a playwright and has his own theater company that brings one-person plays about American history to schools. Steve lives in Connecticut with his wife, who is a teacher. They have two children, two dogs, and a cat. When he's not writing he enjoys swimming, tennis, reading, and singing in his church choir.

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