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Emmi in the City: A Great Chicago Fire Survival Story

(Girls Survive)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Although Emmi has lived in Chicago for two years, she finds it hard to love her adopted city. As a German immigrant in the early 1870s, she's often teased by her America-born peers. But when the Great Fire breaks out on October 8, 1871, Emmi and her enemies find themselves braving the smoke and flames together. Can Emmi and the others survive the danger to escape the burni ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Stone Arch Books
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Alyssa Nelson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Emmi in the City is a great book about a girl who is struggling to find her place in Chicago, a city full of immigrants and people doing the same. However, when the city is devastated by one of the biggest fires its ever seen, she sees how birthplace doesn’t matter when everyone reaches across the divides they’ve created with one another and helps each other out.

This book is great because
Tracy Mitchell
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Action packed, 1st person account of the events during the Great Chicago Fire. My 3rd grade students would enjoy reading Emmi’s experiences from so long ago.
Those who enjoy the I Survived Series will enjoy this book. It is good for the girls to see a female protagonist.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Emmi and her toymaker father have come to the US from Germany, hoping to make a better life for themselves in the 1870s. Emmi still misses home, and has some trouble getting along with Irish children in the neighborhood, particularly twins Seamus and Cara. When a fire starts nearby, Emmi and her father are separated, and Emmi tries to make her way to the river. Along the way, she runs into the twins, and the three work together to escape the flames. They are worri
Bonnie Grover
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you #BookPosse for giving me the opportunity to read this book. This book is definitely going to be on my historical fiction shelf. Emma is a German immigrant in Chicago in the early 1870’s . She faces many of the typical struggles of immigrant children who were often bullied by their American-born-peers. The author does a great job placing Emma right in the center of the Chicago Fire. She also explains the aftermath of the fire, which sometimes gets overlooked. There is a glossary and rea ...more
Amanda Amor
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Definitely will recommend this to lovers of the "I Survived" series. Beautiful illustrations and a straight forward, action-packed survival story. The story mentions the ethnic tensions of the time between immigrant groups during this time period. Not as historical as its "male" counterpart, but I can see many children liking this series.

I also love the glossary and making connections parts at the end.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written by Salima Alikhan. The author's description of the fire- the heat, the soot, the burning cinders landing on clothes and skin, the scorched throats, the red sky, the towering flames, the fear- all make the Chicago fire of 1871 come alive for the reader.
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Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful tale about the Great Chicago Fire and one girl's determination to survive. Well told and beautifully illustrated, it successfully explains the impact of the fire but also how each of us are humans first and foremost, regardless of our gender, nationality, race, or religion.

At the end of the story, there is a glossary, explanation of how the fire started, and questions about the book which would be perfect for a lesson.

A thoughtful and thought-provoking book, ideal for middle-
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This is a great read. The writing is smooth and pulled me into the story. The action keeps things moving forward at a good pace. This will definitely keep a child's attention. I'm excited to read more of the Girls Survive series.
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Emmi is an immigrant from Germany . She lives in Chicago with her papa. Her mother died when she was longer.the Irish and German immigrants in Chicago have a feud against each other. I loved the story of Chicago fire and how everyone worked together and made new friends. For younger group but mature enough for older adult ,not cutesy. #Emmis city #netgalley
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Salima Alikhan is the illustrator of Pelican's Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas. With a German mother and an Indian father raised in Pakistan, Alikhan grew up hearing a variety of fairytales, which aided her in developing an enchanted imagination. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and continues to pursue her passion of writing and drawing in Austin, wh ...more

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