I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (I Survived Graphic Novel #7)

by Lauren Tarshis (Author) Cassie Anderson (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Could an entire city really burn to the ground? One brave boy finds out in this graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871, with text adapted by Georgia Ball and art by Cassie Anderson.

Oscar Starling never wanted to move to Chicago. The smog, the stench, the thieves around every corner -- it's so different from his old life on the farm. Will the big city ever feel like home? But shortly after Oscar arrives, a huge fire breaks out. All of Chicago is ablaze and one thing is clear: the city is like a powder keg, ready to explode. An army of firemen tries to help, but this fire is a ferocious beast that wants to devour everything in its path. Will Oscar -- and his new city and new friends -- survive one of the most famous and devastating fires in history? ​​​​​​​ Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series comes to vivid life in graphic novel editions. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. Includes a nonfiction section at the back with facts and photos about the real-life event.

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Review quotes

Praise for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Graphic Novel #1):

"The first installment of Tarshis' sprawling prose disaster oeuvre for young readers is reimagined in visually interesting full-color comic panels that support its recognizable thrilling pace and convenient twists. Many of the most exciting scenes are largely wordless, spotlighting the propulsive action amid growing tensions. A fresh and interesting adaptation, making for an easy crowd pleaser." — Kirkus Reviews

"Dark, subdued, inky art sets a somber tone, while a parade of mostly small panels builds suspense and promises to engage readers." — School Library Journal

Praise for I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived Graphic Novel #3):

"A crowd pleaser ... Those familiar with this installment will anticipate the traumas and triumphs of the story, while newcomers to the series will also be pulled in; all will be satisfied with the mostly happy resolution ... Another effective comics translation in this first-rate series." — School Library Journal

Praise for I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 (I Survived Graphic Novel #4): "The comic book format works well with intense pacing, searing images and edge-of-your-seat suspense." — San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for Lauren Tarshis's I Survived chapter books:

Praise for I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005:

"Expressive illustrations capture the drama of the storm and its aftermath, but the book's real power comes from its exploration of what it means to be a hero." — Booklist

Praise for I Survived the American Revolution, 1776:

"Tarshis successfully blends historical fact with an involving narrative." — School Library Journal

Praise for I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79:

"Tarshis serves up another gripping adventure... with the light-speed pacing and death-defying maneuvering fans have come to expect." — Booklist

Praise for I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863:

"Informative and breathlessly paced." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001:

"[Tarshis] crafts a dramatic, emotionally intense tale that takes account of 9/11's physical and emotional costs — short- and longterm — while ending on an upward beat." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916:

"A gripping story that will hold the interest of reluctant readers." — School Library Journal

Praise for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912:

"The fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages." — Kirkus Reviews

Lauren Tarshis
Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at laurentarshis.com.
Leo Trinidad is an illustrator and storyboard artist from Costa Rica. He has fifteen years of experience working on children's books, graphic novels, and animated series for studios like Sony, DreamWorks, Disney, and Cartoon Network.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781338825169
Lexile Measure
400
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Graphix
Publication date
May 02, 2023
Series
I Survived Graphic Novels
BISAC categories
JUV016000 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | General
JUV008040 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Action & Adventure
JUV029030 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Disasters
JUV008090 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Historical
Library of Congress categories
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