Earthquake!: A Story of the San Francisco Earthquake (Once Upon America)

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9780670848744: Earthquake!: A Story of the San Francisco Earthquake (Once Upon America)

The huge San Francisco earthquake on April 18, 1906 threatens Philip and his family, as they struggle to save their horses in the wake of the disaster that has destroyed his city.

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Kathleen Kudlinksi the award-winning author of more than forty books for children, including  the Boy, Were We Wrong series. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.

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Phillip MacMillan, 12, wakes with an uneasy sense that something isn't right. He goes to check on the family's livery stable, and within minutes his world turns topsy-turvy. It's the 1906 earthquake and, through Phillip (who stays to care for the horses while his father takes the rest of the family to safety), the reader is there--for the heaving that knocks horses to the ground, for the collapse of his house, for the parade of fleeing, panic-stricken San Franciscans, for the fire, for the bombing intended to stop its spread. Phillip succeeds both as a witness and as a character (he has a way with animals and is the kind of boy who can be trusted with a gun); the immediacy of his experience makes this an exciting historical sidebar. Two caveats: the realism may disturb younger readers; and it's not clear why Phillip's father doesn't take him, and the horses, when he leaves the first time--or why he almost leaves the horses a second time, after Phillip has risked his life for them. Historical note. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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