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Into the Firestorm

A Novel of San Francisco, 1906
Hopkinson, Deborah (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires. The year is 1906, and ten-year-old Nick Bray, just orphaned, steals away from the migrant cotton camp to San Francisco. No sooner does he find himself a basement to sleep in and a job at a stationery shop than the great quake strikes. Just as he and his boss's dog, Brownie, are settling in for the night, the basement walls begin to shake uncontrollably. Nick has no way of knowing that he and Brownie are facing the worst earthquake and fire ever to hit the city--and that he's got to find a way out.
Authors: Hopkinson, Deborah
Title: Into the firestorm
a novel of San Francisco, 1906
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2008, c2006
Edition: 1st Yearling ed
Characteristics: 200 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Deborah Hopkinson
Summary: Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires. The year is 1906, and ten-year-old Nick Bray, just orphaned, steals away from the migrant cotton camp to San Francisco. No sooner does he find himself a basement to sleep in and a job at a stationery shop than the great quake strikes. Just as he and his boss's dog, Brownie, are settling in for the night, the basement walls begin to shake uncontrollably. Nick has no way of knowing that he and Brownie are facing the worst earthquake and fire ever to hit the city--and that he's got to find a way out.
ISBN: 9780440421290
0440421292
Branch Call Number: j HOPKINSON 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references: p.200
Subject Headings: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 Juvenile fiction Earthquakes California San Francisco History 20th century Juvenile fiction Fires California San Francisco History 20th century Juvenile fiction Orphans Juvenile fiction San Francisco (Calif.) History 20th century Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
Earthquakes
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Orphans
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Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires. The year is 1906, and ten-year-old Nick Bray, just orphaned, steals away from the migrant cotton camp to San Fr... Read More »


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Jul 16, 2012
  • UnionRunner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a favorite of mine. I first read it when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I never could set the book down.

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Jul 16, 2012
  • UnionRunner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A poor boy leaves his plantation after his grandma dies. He goes to San Francisco, a place he is very eager to see. He gets in trouble with a police officer, and to get away from him, he dashes into a small store, there he meets his first friend. He stays for only a little bit because he needs to find a job. He goes out into the street and comes upon an ink well store. He waits for the owner to come, and while doing so, he meets a girl, Annie. He is hired by the man to make sure nothing goes wrong at his store while he is gone and to keep his dog, Shake, company. That night was the earthquake of '06. The boy must get the Shake, Annie, and her mother to safety, out of the way of the fire that engulfs the city.

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