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The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

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The Great Fire
by Jim Murphy

The Great Fire of 1871 was one of most colossal disasters in American history. Overnight, the flourshing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland. The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again.

By weaving personal accounts of actual survivors together with the carefully researched history of Chicago and the disaster, Jim Murphy constructs a riveting narrative that recreates the event with drama and immediacy. And finally, he reveals how, even in a time of deepest dispair, the human spirit triumphed, as the people of Chicago found the courage and strength to build their city once again.

Book Type:    read aloud / picture book

Related Lists:   history     Newbery Award

Interest Level:   5th grade     6th grade     7th grade     8th grade 

Reading Level:   DRA Level 60      Guided Reading Level W

As a service, we have added a small label to the inside front cover of the book indicating the book's reading level.

Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's the previous owner's name / inscription on the inside front cover.