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The great Chicago fire : rising from the ashes / written by Kate Hannigan ; art by Alex Graudins ; introduction by Rev. John McNalis.

Hannigan, Kate, (author.). McNalis, John, (writer of introduction.). Graudins, Alex, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J G 977.311 HAN (Text) 33500013292032 New Checked out 10/22/2020
Moorhead Public Library J G 977.311 HAN (Text) 33500013292024 New Checked out 10/24/2020
Warroad Public Library j 977.311 HAN (Text) 35500006308207 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250174253
  • ISBN: 1250174252
  • ISBN: 9781250174260
  • ISBN: 1250174260
  • Physical Description: 119 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : First Second, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliography and resources (pages [118]-119).
Summary, etc.:
In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed. A deadly blaze engulfs Chicago for two terrifying days! A brother, a sister, and a helpless puppy must race through the city to stay one step ahead of the devilish inferno. But can they reunite with their lost family before it's too late?

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    In this inaugural installment of First Second's History Comics series (released simultaneously with an installment about the Roanoke colony), readers are plunged into 1871 Chicago. Through the fictionalized viewpoints of two siblings, the story follows the pair as they search the burning city for their parents. Hannigan includes lots of interesting facts throughout the narrative and tells the story of the fire in an understandable way. Readers will be engaged in the story of the children, all the while learning about how the fire started, why it was so powerful, and the racist ideology and xenophobia that led people to blame the fire on an Irish immigrant who was later exonerated. Graudins' bright, evocative illustrations neatly fit together with the text and bring the ferociousness of the fire amid vignettes sprinkled throughout that add context to local and national decisions. Supplemental material included at the beginning and end gives greater explanations and opportunities for further learning. Vibrant artwork and an engaging story make this a great vehicle for a poignant glimpse at American history. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kate Hannigan used to work for daily newspapers, but now she writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers, digging up remarkable people from history and sharing their stories. Her work includes a middle-grade historical fantasy series, The League of Secret Heroes, the historical mystery The Detective’s Assistant, and a picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, A Lady Has the Floor.

Alex Graudins is a Rhode Island–based cartoonist known for illustrating Science Comics: The Brain. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts’ Cartooning program in 2016 and has since contributed comics to sites like The Nib and CollegeHumor. In her free time, she draws autobiographical comics about living with anxiety.

Subject: Great Fire, Chicago, Ill., 1871 > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile literature.
Fires > Illinois > Chicago > History > 19th century > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile literature.
Chicago (Ill.) > History > To 1875 > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile literature.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / History.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local.
Illinois > Chicago.
Genre: Comic books, strips, etc.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Historical comics.
Juvenile works.
Nonfiction comics.
Graphic novels.
Historical comics.
Nonfiction comics.

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