THE EARTH DRAGON AWAKES : THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1906
New York : HarperCollins, 2006
IL 3-6. RL 4.1
night. It is early evening in San Francisco. Streetlights come
on. People hurry home. No one knows about the danger below.
Underneath their feet, the earth begins to stir. Wednesday morning on Sacramento
Street. Early the next morning, Henry Travis hears a low rumbling.
It sounds like a train coming….Windows rattle. Doors thump. There
is a crash above him. Wednesday morning in Chinatown across town, Henry’s
friend Chin waits for the trembling to stop. But it goes on and on…”The
tenement is falling!” Chin’s father shouts. Walls crack and crumble.
Windows shatter. Broken glass sprays like little daggers.
The Earth Dragon has awakened….with a vengeance.
Travel back in time to the spring of 1906, to experience the Great San Francisco Earthquake through the eyes of two boys from very different backgrounds. When the quake subsides, Henry and Chin and their families are lucky to be alive. But now they must escape the fires that have broken out and find their way to safety. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2007-2008)
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco -- Fiction.
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Courage -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.