Earthquake!: A Story Of Old San Francisco

Paperback | December 1, 1995

byKathleen V. KudlinskiIllustratorRonald Himler

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An hour before dawn on April 18, 1906, Phillip is awakened by the barking of dogs and the fearful whinnying of his father's horses. Moments later, San Francisco is struck by a tremendous earthquake. As walls buckle and bricks rain down on them Phillip's family struggles to escape from their own home. Then he remembers the horses. Can Phillip save them—and himself—in time?

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In 1906, after the devastating earthquake hits San Francisco, twelve-year-old Phillip struggles to save the horses in his family's livery stable.

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An hour before dawn on April 18, 1906, Phillip is awakened by the barking of dogs and the fearful whinnying of his father's horses. Moments later, San Francisco is struck by a tremendous earthquake. As walls buckle and bricks rain down on them Phillip's family struggles to escape from their own home. Then he remembers the horses. Can P...

Kathleen Kudlinksi the award-winning author of more than forty books for children, including  the Boy, Were We Wrong series. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 7.73 × 5.12 × 0.17 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140363904

ISBN - 13:9780140363906

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Customer Reviews of Earthquake!: A Story Of Old San Francisco

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Little Book Brings History Alive Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 10yo as part of our history curriculum. This short historical fiction chapter book takes place over only a moment in time. From the first shakings of the earthquake in 1906 until the morning afterwards the reader joins Philip has he lives through this devastating disaster. The first half of the story focuses on Philip and his family as they struggle with the earthquake and its aftermath along with the shocking sights and sounds as people walk en masse out of the city. The last half concerns Philip as he is left behind to watch the stable while Pa takes Mama and his younger brother to Aunt Eleanor's in a not too distant town for safety. Philip is left to deal with the worst of the situation by himself as the fires rage out of control and ultimately head towards him. He loves the horses and they are his family's livelihood. Will he be able to save them in time? An entirely plot driven story with continuous action from the get go. It puts one right in the middle of the historical event and was an exciting experience for my son. A good little book that brings history alive.
Date published: 2010-09-29

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In 1906, after the devastating earthquake hits San Francisco, twelve-year-old Phillip struggles to save the horses in his family's livery stable.