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I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

(I Survived #13)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,799 ratings  ·  288 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis provides a birds-eye view of one of America's most ghastly accidents ever be captured on film, the Hindenburg Disaster of 1937.

The greatest flying machine ever built is about to crash...For eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard, flying on the Hindenburg is a dream come true. Hugo, his parents, and his four-year-old sister, Gertie, ar
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Christina You're right, there is no suspense as far as the main character is concerned (The title itself makes sure of that!). For me the suspense came more fro…moreYou're right, there is no suspense as far as the main character is concerned (The title itself makes sure of that!). For me the suspense came more from knowing the time was counting down and wondering what would happen to his family, friends, and especially his sister. (And the spy, of course!) I enjoyed it mainly because it allowed me to experience the Hindenburg in its flight and crash. The mention of the Natzis and other contemporary events gave me a clear picture I never got from my history books. If you read another book in this series, try looking for a different source of suspense (since we all know the main character survives), or maybe think of it as an opportunity to travel back in time, knowing you are safe as long as you stick with your guide (the main character).(less)

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Lakehurst, New Jersey - Thursday, May 6, 1937 - 7:25 p.m. - CRASH & BURN!

I SURVIVED THE HINDENBURG DISASTER (#13) is another educational children's book of facts interwoven with fiction makes for an interesting and entertaining read.

The Hindenburg is a Zeppelin airship....not to be confused with a blimp that floats like a balloon.

A zeppelin flies below the clouds only a few hundred feet above ground with an average speed of about 76 mph giving passengers a spectacular view of the sights below.


There are 17 books in the I Survived series. Each book tells a fictionalized eye-witness account of a historical disaster or event. The books are for kids, so the protagonist of each book is a child, usually about 10-11 years old. This series is excellent! The stories are a mix of historical fact and fictionalized story, bringing the events alive for middle-grade age students. The books range from modern events like 9/11 to more ancient disasters like the destruction of Pompeii.

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Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
narrator: 4 stars
Story/characters: 3.5 stars 🌟

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Logan Mclean
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trimester-2
this was the first I Survived book I have ever read and I loved it! I never really was interested in the HINDENBURG but this book did great job in making it sudle. the characters were amazing even the ones that did not have a big role like Hugos little sister (who was sick most of the book) had a big in-paced on my emotions.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very good edition to the I Survived series. I am getting a little old for these books so I felt I had to read the only one I hadn't read. It was suspenseful and it had a lot of action. I recommend this book to people who have read the I Survived series. ...more
Terance W.
This book was one of the better I Survived books out of this series. What the author did well was he really tried to involve a background story instead of just hopping right into the action. My favorite part was when they were describing the Hindenburg as a big animal opening opening jaws.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Alex  Baugh
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's Monday, May 3rd, and Hugo Ballard, 11, is about to embark on an exciting journey flying from Germany to New Jersey on the Hindenburg, one of two zeppelins crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1937. Hugo had already had one big adventure, living in Kenya with his mom, dad, and younger sister Gertie for a year. But now Gertie is sick with malaria and needs to get home to NYC for the right medicine as quickly as possible and the zeppelin could get the family there in only three days.

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Jonathan Donihue
I've read several of the books in the I Survived now, and this, I think, is one of my favorites. In addition to the disaster itself, there's a mystery and Nazis and and a sick little girl in need of medical care. There's even a cute little 🐕! Everything you need for an engaging novelette.

Thanks for another great tale, Ms Tarshis!
Probably my least favorite of the series so far. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t really enjoy it that much.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It was good!
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Adam Batten
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I liked the book I Survived The Hindenburg Disaster, because it's based off a real historical event. I rate it four out of five stars, because I like historical books. This book adds a storyline of a family riding the Hindenburg, and their experience on the Hindenburg.

This story takes place in the Hindenburg, that the Germans made during WWII. The boy, Hugo, is the main character and his sister’s name is Gertie. The family is riding the Hindenburg from Africa to New Jers
Lexi Clark
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
I gave this book a 4 star rating because the whole outline of the story is a good one. The message that it expresses to young readers is amazing. The message in this story is that anyone can go through literally the worst times in life and still come out alive and standing. It teaches that life can be scary but always be brave even when you feel like you can't. It will be ok. I really enjoyed reading this book.

In this book, eleven year old, Hugo Ballard travels on the Hindenburg four thousand m
Enrique Zatarain
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937" is realistic-fiction book by Lauren Tarshis. I like this book because it is very detailed, action-packed, and interesting. It is very realistic, and mind-blowing. This book also tells you facts about the tragic Hindenburg disaster. I also like this book because it goes way back in time and that is just really cool to me. Also it makes me think so hard on what I would do, what I would say, if I would make it out, or if I wouldn't in this situation. I als ...more
Brady Wold
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Khalil McMorris
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was about a boy named Hugo. This story took place in 1937. It is called I survived the Hindenburg disaster. In this book they lived in Kenya. They needed to get to New Jersey as soon as possible. The fastest way to get there was by the Hindenburg, a world famous zeppelin. They got on the zeppelin but things didn't go as planned. I would really recommend this book. It is funny, sad, and great. ...more
R Les
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: what-i-m-reading
I love this so much, but I have a question, how do you actually read?I have been using this app for a while now, and I love it, I hope you can answer my question ,Thank you so much for everything, I can't even explain because the app is so much fun, I just need that question answer. ...more
Abby Sirois
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t2
Hugo and his family are flying on the Hindenburg. His sister is very sick and they are trying to find the best doctors that can save her she doesn't have much time left. The doctor told Hugos dad that she was dying and Hugo overheard that now he is devastated. ...more
Troy Girard
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-2
This is one of many books in this series I thought that was am okay book. Eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard was the main character in this book it's just like all the other books in this series it had a lot of action and I feel like if you like the I survived series books you would like this one. ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellie, jacob, dad, mom
These books are very dear to our hearts because Ben reads them to us before bedtime. Great historical fiction books! You learn so many interesting things in a fun (non-factual) way...krb 10/30/17
Mathias Seiwert
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read to my ten year old daughter. Quite an interesting book--well-written, informative, entertaining.
Kim Hampton
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great way to teach kids about history.
Nicolas The Chevy Duramax Hartley
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series for tweens and teens or anyone.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Learned something new with this young child series.
Louis Knecht
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Personal Response:
I read the book The Hindenburg Disaster by Lauren Tarshis. It was an intriguing, historical, and informative book. Overall, I enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel and stayed interested throughout its entirety.

Many interesting events took place in the novel's plot. The protagonist, Hugo, as well as his mom, dad, and sister, Gertie, all moved to Kenya to study the African safari. They stayed in Africa for a while, then Gertie became sick with malaria. The family went
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I am giving this book a three. Now hang on. I’m not saying the book is bad! It is very informational, and I still think it is good. The reason I am giving it a three though is because I think that these books are for littler kids. I’m not an 8 year old anymore. The books are still fun to read at times, but I believe that those types of books are for littler kids. Now you may be wondering, “then why did you read it if you think they are for littler kids” and my answer to that is that it is always ...more
Danielle Russell
I really like the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. They are great books that teach young readers about significant disasters in history. They are also enjoyable and educational for adults as well. They're always a quick read, and full of educational information. Prior to reading this book, I didn't know a lot about the Hindenburg Disaster. ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: early-readers
This would be an okay book for a middle grade reader who is looking for a quick read. It teaches a little bit about history, and the story itself was interesting enough.
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