Title: I Survived: The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Series: I Survived
Recommended for: 2nd – 4th Grade
Pages: 96 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION TARSHIS, L.
Synopsis: 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.
I think this series is a great way to spark an interest in historical events. The author gives the read a feel and taste of what it would be like to survive these historical events. This is another book series that should lend itself to the common core. The chapters are short and has a few pictures throughout.