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[The Great Fire]

The Great Fire

Written by Jim Murphy

  • 1995 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book (Nonfiction)
  • 1996 Newbery Medal Honor Book
  • 1996 Orbis Pictus Award Winner

The Great Fire of 1871 was one of most colossal disasters in American history. Overnight, the flourshing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland. The damage was so profound that few people believed the city could ever rise again.

By weaving personal accounts of actual survivors together with the carefully researched history of Chicago and the disaster, Jim Murphy constructs a riveting narrative that recreates the event with drama and immediacy. And finally, he reveals how, even in a time of deepest dispair, the human spirit triumphed, as the people of Chicago found the courage and strength to build their city once again.


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