EARTHQUAKE! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski

EARTHQUAKE!

A Story of Old San Francisco
Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Phillip MacMillan, 12, wakes with an uneasy sense that something isn't right. He goes to check on the family's livery stable, and within minutes his world turns topsy-turvy. It's the 1906 earthquake and, through Phillip (who stays to care for the horses while his father takes the rest of the family to safety), the reader is there--for the heaving that knocks horses to the ground, for the collapse of his house, for the parade of fleeing, panic-stricken San Franciscans, for the fire, for the bombing intended to stop its spread. Phillip succeeds both as a witness and as a character (he has a way with animals and is the kind of boy who can be trusted with a gun); the immediacy of his experience makes this an exciting historical sidebar. Two caveats: the realism may disturb younger readers; and it's not clear why Phillip's father doesn't take him, and the horses, when he leaves the first time--or why he almost leaves the horses a second time, after Phillip has risked his life for them. Historical note. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-670-84874-3
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993




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