The School's on Fire!

The School's on Fire!
The School's on Fire!

The School's on Fire!

A True Story of Bravery, Tragedy, and Determination
By Rebecca C. Jones

JUVENILE NONFICTION

176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Cloth, $17.99 (CA $23.99) (US $17.99)

ISBN 9780912777627

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2018)

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Overview

A historical tragedy made accessible to kids by focusing on the survivors' stories
Written for the 60th anniversary of the blaze that changed American fire laws, The School's on Fire! follows the path of the December 1958 fire that killed 92 kids and 3 teachers at Chicago's Our Lady of the Angels School. Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, classroom-by-classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible by focusing on the survivors' stories of courage, quick thinking, and luck. Author Rebecca C. Jones draws heavily from interviews with those who were there and includes compelling historic photos of the tragedy. The School's on Fire! finishes with a useful "What to Do in Case of Fire" appendix with practical information for kids facing dangerous situations. Additional informative sidebars, resources for further learning, and source notes make this an invaluable addition to any student's bookshelf.

Reviews

"Riveting and thoroughly researched...this page-turner will keep readers on the edge of their seats as hundreds of students struggle to escape the roaring flames." —Rosalyn Schanzer, author of Witches and George vs. George  

"Reading The School's on Fire! could save your life. Not only has Rebecca C. Jones written a gripping account of the 1958 fire that destroyed Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago, but she has also described the changes in building codes and laws that resulted from the fire. In addition, Jones includes lifesaving tips on surviving a fire. The book's thorough research and its clear and concise prose make it a standout." —Mary Downing Hahn, author of Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story  

"This well-researched book is especially timely. By focusing on the survivors and steps taken to prevent future fires, Rebecca C. Jones seeds her story with hope." —Catherin Reef, author of Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse

"Recounted in a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, classroom by classroom narrative, the tragedy is made accessible by focusing on the survivors' stories of courage, quick thinking, and luck." —Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Rebecca C. Jones is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Matthew and Tilly, which was an ABA "Pick of the List" and an NCSS Notable Trade Book. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.