The Great Fire of 1871 was one of the most colossal disasters in American history—with damage so profound that few people believed the city of Chicago could ever rise again. By weaving personal accounts of actual survivors together with careful research, Jim Murphy constructs a riveting and dramatic narrative, ultimately revealing how the human spirit triumphed even in a time of deepest despair, and the people of Chicago found the courage and strength to build their city once again.Read more...
"Award-winning author Jim Murphy meticulously researched the circumstances of one of the worst conflagrations in American history...and slam poet Mali conveys the terror, rage and hope reborn experienced by the stunned Chicagoans, making this Audio Bookshelf production one that will burn in memory long after the recording ends." - - Earphones Review, AudioFile
"Vivid details, personal narratives, and interesting facts make Murphy's carefully researched nonfiction books come alive in audio format. Narrator Mali preserves a careful balance between a dignified solemnity befitting calamities that claimed the lives and property of so many and a you-are-there reportorial style that extracts every ounce of narrative tension and blazing drama. Parents will find themselves as enthralled as their children with these stellar audio productions." - - Horn Book, May/June 2003
"This is excellent social history as well as suspenseful storytelling." - - School Library Journal, May 2003