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The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
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Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
Graphic Library

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

Tells the story of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and the subsequent fires. Written in graphic-novel format.

GenreGraphic Nonfiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN690L
ATOS Level4.2
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116319
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Kathie M. Josephs

"Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! It makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. It is also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating stories, and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author includes a box on most pages that includes narration that gives extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well selected, and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or as a source for research. This book is part of the series dealing with disasters in history, and this particular book deals with the devastating earthquake and fire in San Francisco. Young adults will learn how the few cars found in San Francisco in 1906 played a part in fighting the fires and that 250,000 individuals were left homeless after this disaster. There are four chapters in just 27 pages, and all major facts are well covered. At the end of the book, the author includes two pages of more interesting information. In addition, there is a Glossary, Read More Section, Internet Sites, Bibliography, and Index. I highly recommend this book for children who want to start their own personal libraries, for classroom, for school libraries, and for enticing the reluctant reader." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"Before the 1848 Gold Rush, San Francisco was just a small port with less than one thousand residents. After the Gold Rush began the settlement grew until it was a large and prosperous city. It did have its problems of course. Fires were a constant worry and since most of the buildings were made of wood, fires caused a great deal of damage when they broke out. Then there were the earthquakes. The city was located in an area where earthquakes were a reasonably common occurrence and they too caused a certain amount of damage to businesses and homes. Despite the threat of earthquakes people thought nothing of building on soft sandy landfill, a surface which is not stable at the best of times. On April 18th, 1906, in the early hours of the morning, a massive earthquake hit the city. The new town hall, which everyone was so proud of and had taken 26 years to build, collapsed, as did many other buildings. Structures that had been built on the sandy soil sank and countless people were trapped inside them. Aftershocks, which hit after the main earthquake, caused many more buildings to fall down. Sparking electrical lines made fires break out and escaping gas was quickly ignited by candles and lamps that had tipped over. Firefighters discovered that many of the water pipes had broken and they therefore had no water to put out the numerous fires which were spreading all over town. The military was brought in to maintain order and to blow up buildings in the path of the fires. It was hope that the fires would die out if they were deprived of fuel. It took firefighters, soldiers, and other public servants, with the help and cooperation of the public, four days to defeat the fires. By April 21st much of San Francisco had been destroyed. In this excellent title from the “Graphic Library” series, the author not only tells the story of this famous disaster, but he also includes comments made by people who experienced the fire first hand. We get to meet a few of the people who fought to save the city and thus get some interesting insights into what took place on those fateful days. We also are set up in the beginning of the story to understand why the earthquakes and the fires did so much damage. Its well written text and graphic novel style format makes this title interesting and entertaining. It is especially suitable for readers who don’t like to read pages and pages of text." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

April 1, 2008

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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