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Into the Firestorm: A Novel of San Francisco, 1906

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Publisher Comments:

“I believe I can just see you on the streets of that bright city.”

Gran’s gone now, but her words live on with Nicholas Dray, almost twelve, as he makes his way from the hot cotton fields to that Queen of Cities: San Francisco. Nick’s on his own for the first time, with nowhere to turn. Then he meets jaunty, talkative Pat Patterson, owner of the most beautiful store–and the friendliest golden dog–in all the city. And for the first time in months, Nick feels safe. Safe in San Francisco.

But the year is 1906, the month is April, and early one morning the walls begin to shake. The floor begins to buckle. And the earth opens up. A devastating earthquake and then raging firestorms ravage the city, and Nick is right in the middle of it all. But for a young boy who’s got few ties and nothing to lose, what’s the right choice: escape to safety or stay–at deadly risk–to help others?

From acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson comes a suspenseful and carefully researched novel of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire and of one boy’s heroic fight to survive it.

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Synopsis:

Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires. The year is 1906, and ten-year-old Nick Bray, just orphaned, steals away from the migrant cotton camp to San Francisco. No sooner does he find himself a basement to sleep in and a job at a stationery shop than the great quake strikes. Just as he and his boss's dog, Brownie, are settling in for the night, the basement walls begin to shake uncontrollably. Nick has no way of knowing that he and Brownie are facing the worst earthquake and fire ever to hit the city--and that he's got to find a way out.

About the Author

\Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Knopf), Apples to Oregon, and Saving Strawberry Farm. Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, illustrated by James Ransome, will be published in Spring 2006 by Schwartz & Wade Books. The author lives in Oregon.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375849169
Subtitle:
A Novel of San Francisco, 1906
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Author:
Deborah Hopkinson
Author:
Hopkinson, Deborah
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
History
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 20th Century
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080311
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
4-7
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Age Level:
9-12

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"Synopsis" by , Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires. The year is 1906, and ten-year-old Nick Bray, just orphaned, steals away from the migrant cotton camp to San Francisco. No sooner does he find himself a basement to sleep in and a job at a stationery shop than the great quake strikes. Just as he and his boss's dog, Brownie, are settling in for the night, the basement walls begin to shake uncontrollably. Nick has no way of knowing that he and Brownie are facing the worst earthquake and fire ever to hit the city--and that he's got to find a way out.
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