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I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919

(I Survived #19)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  37 reviews
100 years ago, a killer wave of molasses struck a crowded Boston neighborhood. Discover the story of this strange disaster in the next book in the New York Times bestselling I Survived series.
A deadly - and strange - disaster.
It's been four years since Carmen and Papa moved from Italy to Boston. Life here is exciting, but not always easy. And then there's the massive metal tank
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this one up because I had never heard of the Great Molasses Flood and I've been meaning to read an "I Survived" book. I can see why these are so popular with 7-10 year olds. I particularly liked the "Learn More" section in the back.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5
94 pages. This is an interesting story with a terrible accident of a huge tank of molasses in the north end of Boston 100 years ago. The Italian immigrant girl featured in the story has to overcome loss, tragedy and current circumstance, all of which can be life-changing. I think kids will enjoy this story. It is a very realistic story based on a historical event There is additional information at the end that will be helpful when trying to understand how something like this could have occurred ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book i had to pre-order i wanted it so much. Nice story w/a simple plot (the cover is slightly deceptive, there is a girl, there is a horse but she isn't on it in that scene.) The non-fiction is terrific, especially liked the reprint of the newspaper front page w/the story.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a historical novel written for children, one of a series about specific events in history all titled, "I Survived . . ." Tarshis wrote an informative and engaging story with a factual basis but invented characters. I particularly liked the author's epilogue, which provided additional information about the incident, the time period, and other details that might spur a young reader to want to learn more. She also pointed out influences this particular event had on the future; in this case, ...more
Sarah Monzon
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 8 year old loves this series. It’s well researched and well written.
Sophia Casillas
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book I Survived the Great Molasses Flood is about a young girl who’s name is Carmen. Carmen lived with her father in America after four years of living in Italy. Carmen had a best friend named Tony they would always play games with each other and see each other every day. Carmen went through a tough life in this book you will learn all about Carmen and how she fought the flood during 1919. One inspirational quote that I think goes with this book is to be strong and never give up on your love ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
{My thoughts} – Carmen is s a sweet girl that moved from Italy to Boston with her father at a young age. He decided that there wasn’t much in Italy for them and that he’d wanted more for him and his little girl. They made the journey and started their lives new.

It had taken sometime for them to adjust and with the advice from her grandma she was able to do just that. She managed to make friends with the upstairs neighbor boy and their family took her and her family in as members of t
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is definitely one of the better books written by Tarshis! I had never even heard of this disaster until I saw this book. I was immediately intrigued and wondering "how do you have a flood of molasses?" I also assumed it wouldn't have been a deadly thing, molasses is a food after all. How much molasses was there in this flood? Almost 2 million gallons. People and children lost their lives in this tragic accident. It's the official 100 year anniversary, and yet most people have never heard of ...more
Kevin Wright
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-ya
Lauren Tarshis is killing it with this series. I haven't read them all, but I think this is the best one yet. Perfectly crafted to appeal to reluctant readers (particularly popular with boys ages 8-12) with short sentences, short paragraphs, short chapters with cliffhanger endings, and judicious use of vocabulary in her exciting accounts of the action. Tarshis sets the scene so well that readers can easily imagine what it was like to live back then and the stories are compelling enough to devour ...more
Listened to a couple of books from this series on a drive home with the kiddos; they are a great way to introduce younger readers to historical disasters and perhaps pique interest in learning more. The stories are a little formulaic but well researched and very engaging, with side plots woven into the historical events that make for quick, enjoyable, educational reading (or listening). These books touch on tragic historical details with lots of suspense but not much graphic description, which i ...more
Deanna Holdsworth
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carmen and her father move from Italy to Boston looking for a better life in the United States. It is exciting for them but also not as easy as they thought it would be. While seeking comfort after her father dies Carmen is out riding a horse. She stops to rest and then she needs to look for the horse that has wondered away from her. She, and her friend Tony, find the horse near the tank that is storing molasses. The horse is licking some of the leaking molasses and is enjoying his sweet treat. ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv-and-ya
This is the first of the series I have read because I don't generally read this level of J readers, but I've always been fascinated by the Molasses Flood.

I was impressed with the pacing, clarity, and amount of material that is delivered under the guise of a story about a young girl in Boston.

It's fast paced and exciting and does not go out of its way to create a "perfect" ending where everything is fixed.

There's a ton of back matter which is also very interesting and provides a lot of relevan
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be very interesting (especially the author notes at the end of the book.) I had never heard of the molasses flood before reading this book and was actually very confused about how there could be a flood of molasses in the first place. Upon seeing the cover of the book for the first time, I assumed Molasses was the name of a river that flooded and not a real flood of molasses that exploded from a large metal tank in the city of Boston. My 8 year old son liked the book too. We ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't know this was a real event until I read Deborah Kop's book, and then I couldn't delieve it was real. It was and it has so much to teach us about desire and responsibility. I am so glad this has joined the I Survived series... Because I live and teach near the Boston area, I know kids will read this book because it feels close to their back yard. I hope to support them to take action - the need is all around
Stephanie Crowther
I had never heard of this disaster before but it was interesting to read about. I really liked all the facts and information the author included at the back of the book. I appreciate all the research she does and how she can add fictional characters and make it into a fun and educational read for kids. My 3rd and 4th grade students love this series and have been looking forward to this newest book coming out.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
My son loved reading about the children who survived this disaster. He kept begging to read one more page. This is a great series.

In this one, we learned a lot about this unique disaster, which is not well-known (although for some reason I had hear and read about it with my older children). I'm glad we now have laws to protect people from companies taking advantage of them and their neighborhoods, and also laws enforcing safety in structures built by such companies.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Carmen and Papa moved to Boston from Italy after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed their town and killed her mother. Four years later her father died in the 1918 influenza epidemic, and her neighbors took her to live with them. Several months later she and Tony, her adopted brother, were caught in the molasses flood, an incident that occurred because the enormous vat that held molasses exploded, killed 21 people and injured about 150, and nearly destroyed their North End neighborhood.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Survived The Great Molasses Flood (1919) by Lauren Tarshis is a very great book - one of the best I’ve read. If you like adventure, prepare to be at the edge of your seat. I do not like near the beginning of the book how it described the disease that plagued Boston. The main character and her dad have moved from Italy to the seafront of Boston. The main character, Carmen, is friends with a horse stable owner named Ms. Vita, and her favorite horse is named Rosie. After a sickness reaches her da ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
As always, Lauren Tarshis does an excellent job of painting a picture of a moment in history so kids can truly feel like they are also living in that moment. I am so thankful for her books because they get my students so interested in historical events. This one, like all the others, does not disappoint.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carmen and her father moved to America from Italy after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed their village and there wasn’t much hope of recovery. At first, living America was hard but slowly Carmen began to love her new country, her school and especially her neighbors, the Grassos. Tony Grasso is her best friend.

Bonnie Grover
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so curious about The Great Molasses Flood after reading about it on the hundredth anniversary. This book not only describes the tragedy in great detail, the author also addresses the life of Italian immigrants, WWII, and the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Lauren Tarshis is an expert at writing engaging historical fiction.
Hailey Sweeney
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Carmen left Italy with her grandpa to get a better start in life,but soon after her grandpa dies of the spanish influenza. It was an exciting book to read i love to read these series i also love how there is an exciting plot twist at the ending of the story,this was my favorite book to read.The reason i love this book is because i love to learn about historical events.
Mary Thomas
I've read almost all the books in this series and love learning about history this way. This one in particular was one I had never heard about. The actual flood part took up very few pages, but the build-up made it interesting.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this and loved all the historical information in the back. I just wish the actual story with Carmen had been a bit longer and we found out more about the flood in the context of Carmen's life. Regardless, I believe my elementary students will enjoy this book.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good one by Tarshis about a sometimes little known event. Love the information at the end.
Colin Walker
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The main charicter Carmen has to come over a lot in her life but she'd never think she would need to overcome a flood of molasas.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who knew! My youngest was super excited when this book came out as he loves this series. It is an event that one in my family had heard of. The story is cute. My son loved it.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exciting, thrilling , and scary story about a young girl who survives the dangerous great molasses flood.
Melanie Hughes
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
The protagonist is from Italy. She is an immigrant. I think this book would work for my project for my class.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 - sure to please fans
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