INTO THE FIRESTORM by Deborah Hopkinson

INTO THE FIRESTORM

A Novel of San Francisco, 1906
Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Running away from the county poor farm in Texas, 11-year-old Nicholas Dray arrives in San Francisco penniless. He convinces Mr. Pat Patterson, a stationer on Jackson Street, to hire him. Nick watches the shop while Pat goes out of town, only to be separated from his new employer when the earthquake hits. Nick manages to save valuables from the store and help save his neighbor Annie Sheridan and her pregnant mother, leading them to safety in Golden Gate Park. In the process, Nick discovers that “the true heart of a city is its people.” Characterization and action are strong in this memorable tale of a city and a boy who finds his place in the world. An author’s note provides statistics about the havoc wrought by the quake and includes a few titles for readers wanting to learn more. Based on eyewitness accounts, the tale brings to life an event young readers will find fascinating. (Historical fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2006
ISBN: 0-375-83652-7
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006




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