The Great Fire

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Scholastic Incorporated, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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Jim Murphy's Newbery Honor Book available for the first time in paperback.

"Vivid firsthand descriptions by persons who lived through the 1871 Chicago fire are woven into a gripping account... Absorbing and riveting reading." The Horn Book, starred review

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User Review  - GSoto95 - LibraryThing

This book is a narrative retelling of the Chicago Fire of 1871 which destroyed wooden towns and cities and left nearly 100,000 people homeless. It has personal accounts with historical research and ... Read full review

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User Review  - CharlesHollis - LibraryThing

The author approached this story from a chronological, rather than a thematic, point of view. As such was the case, they placed their focus primarily upon the events of the blaze as they occurred from ... Read full review


A City Ready to Burn
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Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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