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The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
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Sep 12, 11


Murphy, Jim. The Great Fire. New York: Scholastic, 1995. Print.

This 1996 Newbery Honor book, which I thought would be a good choice for the Informational Book genre, was written by Jim Murphy. The great Chicago fire of 1871 was one of the most horrible disasters in American history. In the space of less than 24 hours, the thriving city of Chicago was transformed into a desolate wasteland. More than 100,000 people were rendered homeless, and amazingly, only about 300 people lost their lives. Mr. Murphy was inspired to write this book when he found a book titled "The Great Conflagration" in an antique bookstore in Chicago. Published in 1871, it was the first book written about the Great Fire, and was filled with many of the personal histories and recollections included in "The Great Fire."
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