I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (I Survived #11)
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Oscar Starling never wanted to come to Chicago. But then Oscar finds himself not just in the heart of the big city, but in the middle of a terrible fire! No one knows exactly how it began, but one thing is clear: Chicago is like a giant powder keg about to explode.
An army of firemen is trying to help, but this fire is a ferocious beast that wants to devour everything in its path, including Oscar! Will Oscar survive one of the most famous and devastating fires in history?
Lauren Tarshis brings history's most exciting and terrifying events to life in this New York Times bestselling series. Readers will be transported by stories of amazing kids and how they survived!
Oscar down under the apple tree with some big news. “He’s asked me to marry him,” she said. At first Oscar laughed. Mr. Morrow? He was nothing like Papa! He was an artist. An artist! Was that even a job? But then Oscar noticed how Mama’s eyes were twinkling. “Oscar,” she said. “I want to say yes.” Oscar stopped laughing. “He’s a wonderful man,” she said. “And what a life we’ll have with him in Chicago.” At first Oscar just sat there like he’d been smacked in the head with a shovel. Leave
The man lived alone, but rough-looking boys were always showing up at odd hours, often carrying large sacks and suitcases through the back door of the house. The woman was reading the newspaper, and Mr. Morrow’s drawing caught her eye. She’d seen two kids in front of the neighbor’s house just that morning. She wouldn’t have looked twice, except for something very strange about the boy — the purple lady’s hat on his head. Oscar had been up here in the studio, standing in this exact spot, when
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Papa had both fought back tears as they stood in the burned ruins. But then Papa had pointed to something on the ground — a tiny green shoot pushing up through the ash. “It will take a long time,” Papa had said. “But one day the forest will grow back.” * * * Oscar shivered as he thought of what a huge fire like that could do to a city like Chicago. Could such an important city burn to the ground? It didn’t seem possible. But hadn’t Oscar learned that anything was possible? If a blizzard
mother died! She was willing to do anything to keep herself and Bruno out of the orphanage — even work for that snake. “Leave her alone,” Oscar said, louder than he’d meant to. And now Otis turned his menacing stare on Oscar. For the first time, he realized he’d seen Oscar before. He smiled chillingly. “You!” he said. “You looking for your suitcases? You think Jennie’s gonna get them back for you?” Jennie looked at Oscar in confusion, but then her face seemed to crumble. Otis put the