A Strange Story of the Great Chicago Fire
From the Set Scrapbooks of America
The historic 1871 fire in Chicago is the setting of this mysterious tale about family bonds, loss, and survival. Told through the eyes of young Liam, the story teaches readers about the tragedy of the fire as well as how families escaped and started their lives again.
- Liam's Story
- The History of the Great Chicago Fire
- To Find Out More
- About the Author
A noteworthy review of Scrapbooks of America from School Library Journal on May 1, 2003
In format, these slim fiction titles are reminiscent of scrapbooks. While each narrative tells the story of a 12-year-old at the center of a historical event, boxed notes give readers some background information. In addition there are numerous full-page color and black-and-white period reproductions and photos. Unfamiliar words are highlighted in the text in a distinctive font and defined in the glossary. Each book concludes with a time line, suggested activities for creative writing and discovering family history, and a craft. Older children who like picture books and reluctant readers will gravitate to these books.
Author: Pamela Dell
Pamela Dell has been writing for kids since the late 1980's, including work in both print and interactive multimedia. In the mid-1990's, she became one of the founders of Purple Moon, a highly acclaimed interactive game company for girls. As part of her role there, Pamela created the characters and scripts for the company's multiple-award winning Rockett CD-Rom game series. She has also produced work, both fiction and nonfiction, for clients such as Mattel, Carus Publishing, World Book Encyclopedia, Children's Press, Plan B Enterprises, Addictive Media, and the University of California, among others...subsequently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.