What Was the San Francisco Earthquake? (What Was?)

by Dorothy Hoobler (Author) Ted Hammond (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: What Was?
In this addition to the What Was? series, kids will experience what it was like to be in San Francisco in 1906 when the ground buckled in a major, catastrophic earthquake. One early April morning in 1906, the people of San Francisco were jolted awake by a mammoth earthquake--one that registered 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Not only was there major damage from the quake itself but broken gas lines sparked a fire that ravaged the city for days. More than 500 city blocks were destroyed and over 200,000 people were left homeless. But the city quickly managed to rebuild, rising from the ashes to become the major tourist destination it is today. Here's an exciting recount of an incredible disaster.
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Dorothy Hoobler
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written many books for children and young adults, including the American Family Album series. Their YA mystery, In Darkness, Death, won the Edgar Award.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
October 25, 2016
What Was?
BISAC categories
JNF025210 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/20th Century
JNF051160 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Disasters
JNF037010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Library of Congress categories
20th century
San Francisco (Calif.)
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Eart
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States
San Francisco
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 19
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Disa
20th century]vJuvenile literature

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