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Fire in the Sky: A Tale of the Hindenburg Explosion
Fire in the Sky: A Tale of the Hindenburg Explosion
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Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
Graphic Flash

Fire in the Sky: A Tale of the Hindenburg Explosion

Half graphic novel. Half traditional text.

 
Dewey741.5
GenreHistorical Fiction
  
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
GRLN
ATOS Level3.5
AR Points1
AR Quiz #127475
  
  
ISBN978-1-4342-5008-7
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Flash
Copyright2009
  
Page Count56
LanguagesEnglish
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price
$39.99
 


 
 

Reviews

Back to Books Blog - Nicola

"This is a hi-low chapter book with occasional pages of graphic panels used within the story to continue the action instead of text, a hybrid. Michael Roth, his brother and father, an American, are moving to America from Germany for at least the duration of the war and they are coming via the Hindenburg. Michael has been fascinated with the airship ever since it was built. There is a strange man aboard whom Michael starts to wonder if he is a spy who plans to blow the airship up. As Michael sneaks around trying to figure out the mystery of this man, the reader is given a lot of interesting information about the Hindenburg in particular and zeppelins in general. Also the beginning of the story, sets the stage for WWII discussion. It is 1936 and not much has exactly happened, as far as the Roth family know, but the topics of Nazis, Hitler, and the treatment of Jews early on are mentioned. This is perfect for younger children as it broaches the subject without getting into anything graphic. Mostly it is an interesting little story about the Hindenburg. We both enjoyed the fictional story and after reading the book we watched the live footage of the explosion on YouTube. http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2011/01/17-fire-in-sky-tale-of-hindenburg.html" - Back to Books Blog

January 27, 2011

Pennsylvania School - Jeannie Bellavance

"This quick read is just the thing for reluctant readers. A blend between graphic and written books Fire in the Sky takes the reader into prewar Nazi Germany. Two boys, German Americans, and their father leave Germany on the Hindenburg for the United States when the oppressive tactics of the Nazis threaten the father’s life. Gunderson subtly includes historical information about treatment of Jews and others who oppose Hitler. She also encourages readers through the Father’s motto, “Embrace life!” Most exciting is the chapter when the boys escape the flaming Hindenburg. End matter on unnumbered pages includes a glossary, information about the Hindenburg, discussion questions, writing prompts, and internet sites. This would be a great book for discussion groups. Hindenburg; Nazi Germany-Historical fiction." - Pennsylvania School

May 1, 2009

J. Gunderson

J. Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota and a master's degree in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She likes rainy days and thunderstorms. She also likes exploring haunted houses and playing Mad Libs. She teaches English in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives with her cat, Yossarian.

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