Fumiko and a Tokyo Tragedy: A Great Kanto Earthquake Survival Story (Girls Survive)

by Susan Griner (Author) Wendy Tan Shiau Wei (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Girls Survive

12-year-old Fumiko is fascinated by the Moga girls, modern young women with short hair and casual dresses who are making their way in 1920s Tokyo.

Her parents, however, expect a traditional life for her. But none of that matters when the Great Kanto Earthquake strikes the city on September 1, 1923. Can Fumiko withstand the fires and confusion that follow the shaking earth, and how will the tragedy change her future? Readers can learn the real story of the Great Kanto Earthquake from the nonfiction back matter in this Girls Survive story. A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided.

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Stone Arch Books
Publication date
January 20, 2023
Girls Survive
BISAC categories
JUV001010 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV016030 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Asia
JUV029030 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Disasters
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