I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871
By Lauren Tarshis
Lauren Tarshis writes exciting fiction books about historical events. The topics in the books she writes range from natural disasters to acts of war. Whatever the event, there is always an eleven year old boy who tells about the event based on his experiences. In the Great Chicago Fire book, Oscar moves from rural Minnesota to Chicago. The day he arrives disaster escalates. He finds himself separated from his family in this unfamiliar city, fighting for survival. Just as in her other I Survived novels, there is lots of action, and the reader learns much about a historic event. In addition, Tarshis’ books are short and easy to read.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.