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Could an entire city really burn to the ground? Oscar Starling never wanted to come to Chicago. But then Oscar finds himself not just in the heart of the big city, but in the middle of a terrible fire! No one knows exactly how it began, but one thing is clear: Chicago is like a giant powder keg about to explode. An army of firemen is trying to help, but this fire is a feroCould an entire city really burn to the ground? Oscar Starling never wanted to come to Chicago. But then Oscar finds himself not just in the heart of the big city, but in the middle of a terrible fire! No one knows exactly how it began, but one thing is clear: Chicago is like a giant powder keg about to explode. An army of firemen is trying to help, but this fire is a ferocious beast that wants to devour everything in its path, including Oscar! Will Oscar survive one of the most famous and devastating fires in history? Lauren Tarshis brings history's most exciting and terrifying events to life in this New York Times bestselling series. Readers will be transported by stories of amazing kids and how they survived!...

Title : I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871
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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 Reviews

  • Mariah
    2018-12-15 07:55

    My student loved this book. This series is great because kids learn about different times in history while enjoying a quick, easy read. I highly suggest this series!

  • Hunter Soerens
    2018-12-13 10:51

    I Survived The Great Chicago FirePersonal Response I really enjoyed reading this book. I visited Chicago about a month ago and stood on the place where the fire was. It's built up now. I think of how horrible it would of been to be there on that tragic day. It's a very good book and really explains the whole thing in lots of detail. Plot It all started when Lucas's mom was asked by Mr. Morrow to marry him. After the wedding, she had to leave their farm in Minnesota and moved to Chicago. While on the train to Chicago, they saw all kinds of little fires around Chicago. When they got off the train in Chicago, they realized their baggage was stolen. When they get out of the train station, Lucas spotted a girl running and he figured she's the one that had stolen their luggage. He followed her all the way back to her house. Suddenly, sparks rained down on him. The great Chicago fire had started. He took shelter in the girls backyard under an old chicken coop. When he saw the girl and her brother in the top window of the house, he rushed in and to get them before their house caught fire. After they were all out of the house, he decided to go back to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, there was a gang that took the girl and her brother away. When Lucas got to the hotel, it had burned to the ground. While he sat and watched the fire swirl around, he heard a voice. It was Mr. Morrow's voice. Mr. Morrow and his friends had searched for Lucas all day. When they got back to Mr. Morrow's house, Lucas asked Mr. Morrow and his friends to look for the girl and her brother. One day later they found them both and caught the guy who stole their luggage. They still live in Chicago and there hasn't been a fire like that in Chicago since the great Chicago Fire.Recommendation I would recommend this book to any gender and to kids fourth grade and up. It's a really easy book to read and is very eye catching and interesting. If people have any likeness for history this is a book for them. It's a really good book and I think everyone living in Chicago should read it.

  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    2018-12-09 07:27

    Previously Posted on Purely by Faith Reviews.This is a good book. The story had a great story line and included some action. Honestly I did get bored with the story a few times. I did manage to keep reading until the end. I thought the beginning of the story was the best because the story got boring and (obviously) sad toward the end. I feel like the book was rushed. I mean, the fire was suddenly there when SPOILER Oscar followed Jennie and Bruno…END SPOILERAnyways I think this a good book for all ages. I can’t say I found anything wrong with it… there were mentions of death and Oscar did get into a fight with street kids but the book was otherwise clean.This review was written in my own words and opinions.

  • Joey
    2018-12-12 08:55

    Personal Response- I actually enjoyed I survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis. The story had a good story line and included a lot of action. Although I did get bored with the story a few times, I managed to stay interested and kept reading up until the end. I thought the beginning of the story was the best because the story got sad toward the end.Plot- The main event of the story was the about a fire in Chicago. The fire was an event that actually happened. The main character, Oscar, was a young boy who was living with his mother in Minnesota on the farm. His father had passed away because of a shooting. He worked on the police department and was gunned down. Oscar’s mom found a new boyfriend named Mr. Morrow. Mr. Morrow wanted them to move to Chicago with him and get away from the country life. Oscar’s mom was all ready to go, but Oscar did not want anything to do with it. Mr. Morrow got his way and they were headed to Chicago.Characterization- Oscar was the main character in the story. He was a young twelve year old boy with no siblings. His father was not a character because he was gunned down in a police shooting, but he was thought about a few times throughout the book. Oscar’s mom was another character in the book. She lost her husband, so she found a new one that moved her and Oscar to Chicago. His name is Mr. Morrow. Mr. Morrow was a nice guy. He took both of them on a train and paid for them while in Chicago. Jenni was a little girl that got trapped in the fire with her little brother. Oscar ran in and saved them. Impacts of setting- The setting of the story began on a farm in Minnesota, but most of the story took place in Chicago. There was no place specific other than the south side of Chicago. The story took place in October of 1871. Theme- The message of the story was about how serious a fire can actually be and how hard the firefighters work to save people. In the story there were flames everywhere on every building. It took a few days to actually get the fire out, because it was really dry and everything was flammable. There were hundreds of fire fighters battling the blaze.Recommend- I would recommend this book to boys and girls in eighth grade or up. This book is interesting and boys and girls could learn a few things about the fire that took place in Chicago. It was a serious topic about fire so younger kids might get scared. I give this a four out of five.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-25 12:44

    This I survived series in one of the most popular series in my school library. The quick moving action and appealing characters make this series an ideal way to introduce children to historical fiction. Lauren Tarshis gets a great big thank you from me for starting this series.For this book in particular I would say this is a nice addition to the series. Disasters have long fascinated me and I know I'm not the only one. Not because of the horrible things that happen, but because of the good things that people often do in the midst of them. In many ways they are an ultimate test. And that is exactly what Oscar faces his first day in Chicago. He isn't happy to be there having spent his whole life on a farm in Minneosota. But with his mother's remarriage they've come to Chicago. Having his family's luggage stolen the minute they get there doesn't help his attitude any. So when he sees a chance to get his father's old Sheriff's badge back, he takes it. Only things go downhill quickly as the fire rushes through the city propelled by high wind conditions.Oscar is an interesting characters with troubles that go beyond the fire, including the two street children he runs into and wants to help. Sometimes disasters help reveal what's really important in life.

  • Aidan Armas
    2018-11-24 13:51

    I loved this book.I like history and usually I like more war history,but I really wanted to read this book and liked it.I didn't know much about the Chicago Fire except that it happened.Since I love the I survived series and want to learn more about this event I gave it a try.It turned out to be a great book with one amazing turning point at the end.I love the deep description of how it was around him during the fire.Also, it wasn't about some rich kid getting out of the city and seeing it from afar,he was right in the action with his bullies being cut off by falling wood.You would just need to read it if you want more which I really recommend.

  • Nishi Banker
    2018-12-01 08:41

    I think the book is okay because the story did not really tell how the fire happened but the rest was really interesting .Oscar was really brave because he survived when he lost his parents and saved two little kids

  • Gracie Horlbogen
    2018-12-05 13:44

    This book was ok..

  • Iris
    2018-12-14 12:34

    Oscar's dad past away leaving his wife and son with the responsibility of a farm. One day Oscar's mother meets a man who tells them to go to Chicago with him. Oscar finds himself in a great fire. His mother's boyfriend tells him tht Chicago has the best firefighters around, when Oscar see'd thoses fires he is not so sure.I loved this book because I love this serie first of all and I Survived shows all the details which is very interesting. I would recommend this book from ages 8 to 12.

  • Rachel Macdonald
    2018-11-27 12:26

    Sups easy

  • Laura
    2018-12-08 07:47

    Could've put more details in but ok

  • Chris Curtin
    2018-12-09 12:51

    it was pretty bad

  • Justin Totimeh
    2018-11-21 11:43

    (SPOILER WARNIING)"Oscar had not wanted to leave their farm in Minnesota, the one Papa and Mama had worked so hard to build. But Papa was dead, and Mama had married Joseph Morrow. The farm was sold and the new family boarded the train to begin their new life together in Chicago. "We'll have dinner at the Palmer House, and the fire will be over before we finish supper," Joseph Morrow had said". I like this book because it's about a boy who somehow be all odds and survives the fire.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-18 09:55

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire by Lauren Tarshis is a book that takes place in a farm and in Chicago. The characters in the book are Oscar,Bruno,Jennie,Oscar’s mom, and Mr. Morrow. Oscar lives in a farm With his mom. His dad had past away a few years ago. Oscar’s dad had left Oscar in charge of the farm. One day an artist named Mr. morrow came to paint their farm. On one of those days Mr. Morrow asked Oscar’s mom to come live with him in Chicago. She said,”yes’’. Oscar didn’t want to go but soon enough they were in Chicago with Mr. Morrow. They went to a palace to stay for a while. Before they got their at the train station some kids had stolen their suit cases with a help of a little girl. At the palace Oscar saw her and ran for her.He saw her walk in a house. Suddenly it started to rain sparks some lit buildings and some burned through Oscar's shirt. The roof of the house was about to collapse. He went inside to find two little kids up stairs and he saves them and now they are outside. What are your names. I am Bruno and I am Jennie. After knowing each other a little they started running on the streets trying to find help. Finally they were found by Mr. Morrow but Bruno and Jennie were lost in fire. Mr. Morrow crossed the lake to his house where no fire had started yet. Oscar runs to give his mom a great big hug.Oscar sleeps over but wakes up with the thought of what happened to Bruno and Jennie. The next day day Oscar finds Bruno and Jennie running to him and hugging him. I recommend this book to 5th and 6th graders.This is an amazing book that includes a real life event.

  • Owen
    2018-11-14 09:55

    I survived the Chicago Fire was a great historical fiction book that explained how dangerous the Chicago Fire really was. Lauren Tarshis is the author of a lot if not all of the I Survived books. This book was definitely an interesting action packed story. Oliver had once lived on a farm in Minnesota. Oliver was soon forced to move to Chicago. When Oscar got to Chicago his first impressions were horrible. Oscar was not very excited throughout the whole book. He was miserable and sad. He met thieves like Otis Weber who had the hearts of killers. Oscar also meets two nice orphans who he saves from the fire, Oscar was definitely very brave. In conclusion, I really liked this book. I rated it 4 ½ stars. I would definitely recommend this book for people who like history.

  • Debbie Segoviano
    2018-12-08 05:43

    I really enjoy this series. My grandson told me about it and it gives us something to talk about. Being from Chicago, this story held a special interest for me. Well written, great read for kids that like to learn about History. Exciting, a little scary, but it always turns out okay in the end. There is even a section at the back of the books addressing the factual parts of the story and why the story is important. Can't wait to read them all!

  • Susan
    2018-11-23 07:37

    Oscar didn't want to move from Minnesota to Chicago. Little did he know that he would become involved in the terror of the historical Great Chicago Fire. Students picked up this book from the Scholastic Book Club choices and convinced me to drop everything and read it now. I'm glad I did even though I had more unanswered questions about the characters at the end. So, Ms Tarshis, what's next?

  • JPT
    2018-11-24 12:31

    audiobookStory: A-/B+, Narration: ANot a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers.Finally. After a couple of, IMO, lackluster I Survived books in a row, I was happy that this one was a hit for me. It was a bit iffy in the beginning, and I wasn't all that excited about the Chicago Fire topic, but it really picked up.As usual, at the start of the book the MC was in the aftermath of a tragedy. Oscar's father was killed, not in the usual car crash, but in a buggy crash--close enough. Oscar and his mother are trying to make a go of the Minnesota family farm on their own, with Oscar throwing himself into his chores both to avoid dealing with his emotional pain and to keep his father's legacy alive. But Mr. Morrow, an artist from Chicago, arrives in the area to paint landscapes, ends up spending a lot of time at the farm, and eventually asks Oscar's mom to marry him and move to Chicago. Oscar, of course, is very upset and mopey.When they arrive at the train station in Chicago, Oscar is asked to watch the luggage while Mr. Morrow escorts his wife to where she can "freshen up." He is soon approached by a pathetic-looking girl who says she's lost and asks for help. While Oscar is distracted, a gang of boys steals all the luggage, including all of the possessions brought from MN.Mr. Morrow and the mom are very nice and understanding, and they head to hotel where they can get a good meal and stay a bit before heading to Mr. Morrow's house. On the way, they see a glow in the sky. Mr. Morrow says it's probably a fire, but is unconcerned because Chicago has the best fire department in the world. Shortly afterwards, Oscar sees the girl from the train station and heads off after her.I'll admit that I was pretty put out at this point by Oscar's sulky attitude and stupidity. I was really annoyed and just wanted the book to be over. Luckily, this was when things started to pick up.Oscar follows the girl to a run-down house and, still hidden, hears her talking to a small child she had left alone while she was out. It was apparent that the girl was responsible for the boy and Oscar becomes less angry with the situation. At that moment, the fire takes hold of the neighborhood and the house catches fire with the girl and boy inside. Oscar runs into the burning building to rescue them and get them to safety. The girl doesn't recognize him, and tells him that their names are Jenny and Bruno. Their father had died several years ago, and their mother (a baker) just recently, leaving Jenny and Bruno alone in the world.It's dangerous traveling through the burning city, but Jenny knows all the routes and shortcuts. They're almost at the hotel when their luck runs out--they run into the boy gang from the train station who are now busy looting the houses that have been evacuated. The leader tells Jenny she needs to come with them to help and threatens Bruno to get her to cooperate. Oscar intercedes but is beaten and left unconscious. When he comes to, he's alone. He finds the hotel, but it's fully ablaze. Luckily, Mr. Morrow finds him--he sent his wife to his house in a safe area and returned to look for Oscar. They make it to a bridge, but are too fearful to cross the wooden structure so they take a rowboat. There's an accident and they need to swim for it. Mr. Morrow can't swim, but Oscar saves him and they make it back to the house safely.Oscar tells them about Jenny and Bruno and Mr. Morrow puts and ad in the papers for them and leaves word with his numerous friends. He also draws pictures of them based on Oscar's description. Luckily, they find the children and the Morrows decide to adopt them. They're all a big, happy family now.As an aside, the gang of boys is caught and a lot of their loot--including the Morrows's luggage--is recovered. It turns out that the Fagan-style leader of the gang is the old nemesis of Oscar's father from his lawman days before he turned farmer. Oscar is pleased that justice was achieved for his father. He's also happy that he's able to look at all of Mr. Morrow's paintings of the old farm that are hanging on the walls of the home. He wasn't able to preserve his father's legacy in person, but can watch over it thru the paintings. He's turned a corner with his grief and is ready to move ahead.As noted, I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I expected to. There are a couple of areas where it fell short--some of the events were super telegraphed (losing the luggage, the bad guy turning out to be the father's nemesis, Jenny and Bruno getting adopted, etc.), the formula is getting is too cookie-cutter and needs to be mixed up just a bit (I know that kids do like a certain level of predictability, but this is too much), and there could have been a bit more about the actual fire in the story.As usual, Ms. Tarshis talks about the fire--Chicago before the fire, the causes of the fire, the myth of Mrs. O'Leary's cow, the aftereffects, etc.--in her afterward and this was a very interesting addendum. Her enthusiasm is infectious and I think it would definitely spur young readers to seek out more information.In short, this was an informative and entertaining book for young--and even some old--readers.

  • Ben Shepard
    2018-11-21 07:38

    I Survived the Great Chicago Fire is an amazing book that tells about a boy named Oscar who moves to Chicago with his mom and dad. As they are in Chicago, all of their luggage is stolen and as Oscar is looking for the bandits that stole his luggage, the whole city of Chicago lights on fire! i would recommend this book to anyone who loves books about survival and great disasters.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-14 10:38

    this was a well-written historical fiction perfect for middle grade readers to get them interested in historical events and non fiction texts. once again Lauren has done a good job mixing fact with fiction to make a story that is interesting and reminds us of past events.

  • Mrs. Lassen's Class
    2018-12-06 13:51

    I just finished the book The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 By:Lauren Tarshis. This book is about a boy named Oscar and he lives on a farm in Minnesota with his mom. One day a man named Charlie Marrow (Mr. Marrow) came to their house and painted pictures of there farm and house.The day Mr. Marrow left to go back home to Chicago, Oscar’s mama was really sad. Almost every day Oscar’s mama got letters from Mr. Marrow,one of those letters asked mama if she could marry Mr.Marrow and she said yes. The setting is Chicago. After they got off the train mama needed somewhere to freshen up so Mr.Marrow and mom went and left Oscar to watch the bags while they were gone a little girl came up to him and asked him if he could help her find her parents,so Oscar took her hand and headed into the crowd.Half way through the crowd she said never mind I found them and she ran away. So Oscar turned around and headed back to where the bags were.When Oscar got there the bags where gone. When Oscars parents got back they explained it to the police. The police said to them that they cant do any thing but watch out for the crooks and that this kind of thing happens every day. After the police left they took their bags and headed outside of the train station where there was a little buggy waiting for them. Once they got into the little buggy Mr.Marrow said they would stop at Plummer Hotel to eat dinner. When they arrived at the Plummer Hotel they got out of the buggy and stared walking up the stairs to the front lobby. Half way up the stairs Oscar look back at the street and saw the little girl from the train station. He yelled to his parents but they couldn’t hear him because they were half way through the lobby. Oscar didn’t know if he should run in and get his parents or run after the little girl. By the time he made his decision, his parents were all the way down the lobby so he just ran after the little girl. He chased the little girl into an alley were there were lots of old houses, Oscar thought this was the place were the crooks hang out so he grabbed a stick of wood with nails on it for a weapon. Oscar got close to the window and dropped the board. Because inside the window was the little girl and a little boy about 3 years old. The little boy said “ Jennie I want to come with you on your next mission.” Jennie said “ Bruno, you cant there to dangerous you might get hurt. All the sudden Oscar felt hot a little to hot. Oscar looked down at himself and he was on FIRE! Oscar waved at it to try to stop it from rising and then rolled and pot it out. Then a hole punch of sparks started to land on him and burn his skin so he hid under an old chicken coup that still had feathers in it. Oscar looked up at the window and saw Bruno and Jennie staring at him. All the sudden a big flame came flying down from the sky and hit Jennie and Bruno’s house. Oscar couldn't just leave them in there to die he had to go in and save them. Oscar ran to the door and tried to open it put it was locked so Oscar had to kick it open. Oscar ran into the fire screaming there names “Jennie Bruno!”. Then he heard voices from up stairs saying help. Oscar headed up the scorching stairs to the room where Jennie and Bruno where. Jennie came over to Oscar with Bruno in his arms, Oscar took Bruno from Jennie’s arms and took Jennie’s hand and headed down the stairs to the door. At the bottom of the stairs Oscar told Jennie to take Bruno and run for the door and she did what she was told she took Bruno from Oscars arms an ran out the door. Once Jennie and Bruno got out the door a huge fire ball came through the window and Oscar was trapped. Oscar got down on his knees closed his eyes held his breath because the air was thick with smoke. Then Oscar heard a voice and that voice said “ Oscar, Oscar’’ and it was Jennie leading him to the door and outside and then he lay there fainted. When Oscar woke up he woke up to Bruno saying to Jennie “He is not died he is not died.” Then Jennie said “Bruno that is not very polite.” “But he is not died” Bruno said over and over again. Then Oscar said to Bruno “I know Bruno I am not died”. Then Oscar said they needed to get somewhere safer, we need to get back to the Plummer Hotel. But there was a problem Oscar didn’t know how to to get back to the Plummer Hotel but good thing Jennie did know how to get back. On their way back from the Plummer some things go wrong. Well there walking along the sidewalk the get stuck in a massive crowd of people running both directions screaming and running for there lives. Well they were walking down the sidewalk hand in hand a big flame came down and hit the oil building and there was a huge explosion and a bigger explosion of screaming people and big crowds. Jennie rushed them into a alley where they found a barrel of water. They all rushed over to the water barrels and they washed there faces and drank some water. After they finished a boy named Otis came walking down the all with a group of people behind him. Otis hand a panting in his hand an the other kids had bags full of other people stuff that lift there house to escape the fire. Jennie worked for Otis so she new what Otis was up to , Otis and his gang were stealing people’s things from there houses that were left there with no one in them. Once Otis saw Jennie he wanted her to help him steal some stuff but Oscar refused to let him take her. The next thing they new Oscar came up an punched Otis in the nose. Otis broke the painting in half then Otis came at Oscar with a pocket knife. The next thing Oscar knew was he was knocked out in the middle of alley with Bruno and Jennie gone. Oscar was all alone an the middle of a burning city scared and lonely. Oscar found his way out of the alley into the streets. Oscar ran to one side of the street and but it was blocked of by fire so he ran to the other side and it was blocked off so Oscar was trapped in the middle of nowhere to die. Then he heard a voice saying Oscar Oscar but he just thought he was hearing voices but then a figure came through the fire and it was Mr. Marrow. Oscar was so happy to see him but he wondered were mama was and Mr.Marrow said that she was on the North side of Chicago were the fire hydrant hit wet so mama was safe at the house. They got into a wagon and rode to the bridge with many people on it and the bridge was made out of wood and it looked like it was going to burn down by the looks of the fire so they took a boat that Mr.Marrow used when he was a kid to get across the river. Once the got over to the other side the look back at the bridge and it collapsed into flames . Once they got back to there house mama ran out into the boring rain and hugged them both to death. Oscar told them about Jennie and Bruno and they needed to find them because they needed a home. Mr.Marrow told some of his friends about them and they set out to look for them. After a couple days of searching Oscar new that they had died so he just sat there in Mr.Marrows studio looking at the pictures of them farm. Then he heard the car pull up in the drive way and heard a bunch of nosies come from the kitchen. It was Jennie and Bruno, they found them. Bruno ran up the stairs into Oscar’s arms. Bruno was waring Oscar’s fathers badge from inside the suitcase. The badge was one of the things Oscar put in his bag before they left for Chicago. Oscar is a very warm-hearted boy and here is some proof. When Oscar found Jennie and Bruno he took them in as if they were family, so when he lost them he asked Mr.Marrow to help him find them because they were like a brother and sister to him.

  • Allie Y
    2018-11-20 10:55

    Oscar Starling, and his mother are traveling to Chicago. After the death of his father, his mother has decided to remarry. They go to Chicago and meet with his future father, Mr. Charles Murrow. They wait in the train station when a little girl named Jenny who is being forced to work for a gang, distracts Oscar while the gang steals his bag. His badge from his father was in there, and now it is gone. While he is going to eat with his mother and Charles, he spots the little girl, and he chases her. When he gets there he realizes that the girl isn't a thief but an orphan with her little brother Bruno. Oscar feels bad for almost harming them. He then turns around and walks back. But that isn't the end, red burning embers are falling out of the sky. Jenny, an orphan who is an orphan, is forced to work for a gang. She distracts innocent people on the streets of Chicago while the gang steals peoples' belongings. She doesn't like what she does, but it is the only way to care for her little brother Bruno. The more into the book you learn more about Jenny and Bruno's background. When she finds Oscar hiding behind her house underneath a little shack, Oscar persuades her to help him. They wander all over Chicago to escape the massive fire and to find Oscars's family. But then, they get split up. Jenny must escape from the fire and protect her brother. She must also escape from the gang. Jenny turns from a thief to a hero. I really enjoyed this book. I also liked the history that this book shares. I also like the made up characters that the author brings into play. This book is exciting and also an idea of what "The Great Chicago Fire." was. I also like that it gives you an idea of how the city use to look like back then. Very educational. This book is exciting and keeps you wondering what will happen next. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys history and action. I hope you get the chance to read this book. I also hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Billy Noecker
    2018-11-19 07:28

    This installation of the I Survived series has Oscar, who never wanted to come to Chicago, right in the middle of the terrible Chicago Fire of 1871. His father had been killed in a blizzard, could a fire destroy the whole city of Chicago. Oscar finds himself away from his family and fighting to survive. This story provides a real feel of what it may have been like to have experienced such a horrible tragedy. Oscar escapes and is found, and as the story ends, there are visions of the city of Chicago rebuilding, and Oscar will get to see it unfold. I really like these stories and I feel that they teach both a historical topic, but also tell a fictional story that would almost mirror something that most likely happened during those times.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-07 13:35

    In the book “I survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871” By: Lauren Tarshis. Oscar Starling didn’t really want to go to Chicago, He wanted to stay in Minnesota on the farm, but he ended up their anyways. Oscar lost his dad 2 years before, and he doesn’t like his mom’s new boyfriend, MR.Marrow, When they finally make it to Chicago disaster strikes and a fire scorched part of the city. I would read this book if you like shorter books. I like the book because it is like a journal there is a lot of dates and times. There are about 20 different characters in the story, there are good and some bad people. The book is realistic because they had to move because of his mom’s boyfriend work.

  • Spike's Place
    2018-11-21 12:47

    This fast-paced adventure will keep kids turning pages as they read this fictionalized account of the real fire that raged through Chicago in 1871. Eleven-year-old Oscar finds himself caught among flames after he helped two other children escape the inferno. will he make it? Definitely a book full of danger and tension. Back matter holds notes from the author, Q's & A's about the real fire, and suggested readings.Click here to place a hold on this book in the library catalog.

  • Kristin Fisher
    2018-11-23 11:27

    Another wonderfully written book in the I Survived series. Even though the events are devastating, the author finds ways to add needed humor to the story. Emotions can be felt by the reader from how the events are explained. In this book, a boy saves two young children from a house that is burning in Chicago and helps Mr. Morrow swim across the river to safety as he doesn't know how to swim. This could teach children a lesson of courage and bravery. I like that the author adds a couple of pictures to her stories.

  • Joan Marie
    2018-12-09 13:41

    This fast-paced adventure will keep kids turning pages as they read this fictionalized account of the real fire that raged through Chicago in 1871. Eleven-year-old Oscar finds himself caught among flames after he helped two other children escape the inferno. will he make it? Definitely a book full of danger and tension. Back matter holds notes from the author, Q's & A's about the real fire, and suggested readings.

  • Mykalanne Jones
    2018-12-05 09:36

    Upper ElementaryDid you know that the Great Chicago Fire destroyed thousands of buildings? This must read historical fiction book of a young boy upset with his recent move to Chicago as he finds himself now caught in a blazing fire burning through all of Chicago. He finds himself alone in the big city with a homeless young girl who stole his suitcase and her little brother desperate to find a way out of a burning building. Will they make it out?

  • Jose
    2018-11-20 09:47

    The book is great everyone should read it.Its a true event that happened in 1871 although the charater 's aren't real this could of happened the same as the book.In the book oscar never wanted to go to chicago but he later finds himself not just in the heart of the city but in the fire.But no one knows hot it started but people found some evedence to what happened

  • Christopher Almaguer
    2018-11-30 07:53

    I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis is about a kid named Oscar Starling and how he is in the middle of one of the most famous fires in history. Oscar didn't even want to go to Chicago. Then all of a sudden a huge fire breaks out, know one knows how it began but one thing is for sure, this fire was huge one. With an army of firemen trying to put out the flames, the fire is too strong. Will the fire get to Oscar or will he get away? I would recommend this book to people how like the I Survived series.