The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes (History Comics)

by Kate Hannigan (Author) Alex Graudins (Illustrator)

The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes (History Comics)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: History Comics
Turn back the clock with History Comics! In The Great Chicago Fire you'll learn how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history.A deadly blaze engulfs Chicago for two terrifying days! A brother, a sister, and a helpless puppy must race through the city to stay one step ahead of the devilish inferno. But can they reunite with their lost family before it's too late?
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Kirkus Reviews

Hannigan sticks closely to historical records in tracing the causes and course of the fire as well as the architectural and infrastructure improvements wrought in its wake and the fair's artistic and technological highlights. ...Graudins overlays the infodumps with small, intimate panels depicting period-clad people with appealingly open expressions (and, often, puppies in tow) in accurately drawn settings. A fictive plotline adds a strong "you are there" feel to this informative account.


Vibrant artwork and an engaging story make this a great vehicle for a poignant glimpse at American history.

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Kate Hannigan
Chicago children's author Kate Hannigan writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers. A former newspaper journalist, she is the author of numerous children's books, including A Lady Has the Floor and Nellie vs. Elizabeth.

Sarah Green is a RISD-educated illustrator and designer from San Francisco. She is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including Fight of the Century by Barb Rosenstock and Born Hungry by Alex Prud'homme.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
June 30, 2020
History Comics
BISAC categories
JNF025200 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/19th Century
JNF025180 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/State & Local
JNF051160 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Disasters
JNF062020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
Library of Congress categories
Chicago (Ill.)
Graphic novels
Great Fire, Chicago, Ill., 1871
To 1875
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Nonfiction comics
Educational comics

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