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The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes: History Comics, Book 2

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Kids face deadly fire in vivid, informative graphic novel.

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Comics excel at depicting disasters, and this fact-based graphic novel presents a kid's-eye view of a devastating calamity. In The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes, author Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins capture the action and suspense of the firestorm, showing people from all walks of life as they fight to survive. J.P. And Franny are likable main characters, thoroughly human in the ways they react to the disaster. Somehow, the quest to save a puppy in jeopardy seems a little too on-the-nose. But that choice may not bother young readers who want some kind of homey anchor amid the scary chaos. The creators of The Great Chicago Fire take pains to get the details right, and young history buffs will enjoy learning about a disaster that still resonates today.

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