I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters / by Lauren Tarshis.
Scholastic Press ISBN 9780545782241
INT Grades 3-6 Rating: 5
In I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters, one reads the accounts of survivors of the Children’s Blizzard (1888), the Titanic Disaster (1912), the Great Boston Molasses Flood (1919), the Japanese Tsunami (2011), and the Henryville Tornado (2012). The book features the resilient people Tarshis discovered in her research.
Each story tells of a kid who lived through an “epic disaster.” Eight-year-old Walter Allen survived Children’s Blizzard (1888), even when others overlooked him as they left him in the schoolhouse. When his father and older brother returned to the schoolroom, they missed seeing Walter buried in the snow. In the Titanic Disaster (1912), seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer jumped overboard when the lifeboats were too full. He was eventually rescued by a nearby lifeboat. Eight-year-old Anthony di Stasio was rescued by a firefighter after the molasses tank exploded in the Great Boston Molasses Flood (1919). Fourteen-year-old Aki Kawasaki helped the younger students to escape the Japanese Tsunami (2011). In the Henryville Tornado (2012), the elementary school was destroyed by two tornados, but all the children were safe.
Lauren Tarshis based her successful I Survived series on the nonfiction articles she writes for Storyworks, a Scholastic magazine. Well-researched and well-written, this book takes her earlier articles and expands them with new facts. An author’s note, photo credits, her sources, and titles for further reading are also included.
Highly recommended for public and school libraries. The I Survive books fly off the shelves and are read eagerly by boys and girls alike.
Carol R. Gehringer
—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.