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Title:
The school's on fire! : a true story of bravery, tragedy, and determination
ISBN:
9780912777627
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
152 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents:
The stairwell -- Room 208 -- Room 207: the cheese box -- Room 210 -- Room 209 -- Room 211 -- Room 212 -- The annex -- The rest of the building -- Out of the ashes -- Starting over.
Summary:
"Just in time for the 60th anniversary of the blaze that changed American fire laws, The School's on Fire! follows the path of the December 1958 fire that killed 92 kids and 3 teachers at Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago. Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow and classroom-by-classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible to kids by focusing on the survivors' stories of courage, quick thinking, and luck. Informed by interviews with survivors and including a useful "In Case of Fire" appendix, this book combines a dramatic tale of survival with inspiring examples and practical information for kids facing dangerous situations. Including compelling historic photos, informative sidebars, resources for further learning, and source notes, The School's on Fire! is an invaluable addition to any student's bookshelf"-- Provided by publisher.
Interest age level:
Age 10 and up.
Interest grade level:
Grade 4 to 6.
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Summary

Written for the 60th anniversary of the blaze that changed American fire laws, The School's on Fire! follows the path of the December 1958 fire that killed 92 kids and 3 teachers at Chicago's Our Lady of the Angels School. Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, classroom-by-classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible by focusing on the survivors' stories of courage, quick thinking, and luck. Author Rebecca C. Jones draws heavily from interviews with those who were there and includes compelling historic photos of the tragedy. The School's on Fire! finishes with a useful "What to Do in Case of Fire" appendix with practical information for kids facing dangerous situations. Additional informative sidebars, resources for further learning, and source notes make this an invaluable addition to any student's bookshelf.


Author Notes

Rebecca C. Jones is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Matthew and Tilly , which was an ABA "Pick of the List" and an NCSS Notable Trade Book. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Jones conveys the circumstances and the aftermath of the December 1958 fire at Our Lady of the Angels school in Chicago, in which 92 students and three teachers were killed and 100 more were injured, with verve and sensitivity. The book does an excellent job of describing how the fire started and spread from room to room without letting the narrative stall over details. Quotes and memories from survivors are woven throughout the book and help to personalize the tragedy and to show the significant impact the tragedy had on their futures. The author gives significant attention to the legacy of the fire and its effect on fire codes and school safety procedures going forward. Photographs and drawings interspersed throughout deepen the impact of the narrative by clarifying details and giving an intimate view of those whose lives were forever changed. Extensive suggestions for further reading, notes on sources, and a list of interview subjects are included. VERDICT This moving narrative of one of the most devastating school fires in U.S. history is recommended for middle school nonfiction collections.-Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.