I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011

by Lauren Tarshis illustrated by Scott Dawson

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A catastrophic tornado strikes a Missouri town, leaving a mile-wide path of death and destruction.

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The deadliest tornado to strike the U.S. since 1947 hit Joplin, Missouri, in 2011. It reached a maximum width of nearly a mile during its path through the city, killing 158 people, injuring over 1,000, and causing $2.8 billion in damages. This story imagines a young boy caught up in the destruction and terror.

With heart-pounding action and high emotional stakes, this well-researched fiction series brings historical disasters to life through the eyes of ordinary kids experiencing them. Told in short, gripping chapters with striking black-and-white illustrations, the I Survived stories keep readers captivated as they learn about important contemporary events and moments in history. Thoughtful author's notes provide additional background information, timelines, and research and writing tips.

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With heart-pounding action and high emotional stakes, this well-researched fiction series brings historical disasters to life through the eyes of people who experience them. Each chapter book puts an ordinary kid in the middle of a terrifying event, from a devastating hurricane to an infamous shipwreck. With determination and a bit of luck, these characters survive dangerous situations, reunite with their friends and families, and start to rebuild their lives.

Told in short, gripping chapters with striking black-and-white illustrations, the I Survived stories keep readers on the edges of their seats as they learn about important current events and moments in history. Thoughtful author's notes provide additional background information, timelines, and research and writing tips.

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    • Grades: 3 - 5
    • Ages: 8 - 11
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-65848-5