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THERE WAS NOTHING NATURAL ABOUT THIS DISASTER Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1889 was a lively, working-class factory city. Above the soot-soaked streets, an elite fishing and hunting club, built on a pristine man-made lake, drew America's wealthiest business barons. Though repeatedly urged to fix the deteriorating dam that held the lake, the club members disregarded the warnings. And when heavy rains came, the dam collapsed and plunged the city into chaos. On that fateful day, six children found themselves caught in the wreckage.
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Written by Ann E. Burg
ISBN 978-1-338-54069-7
Key Features The chorus of their voices--all inspired by real people--create a gripping portrait of loss and healing. Plumbing themes of class, injustice, deprivation, and the environment, Ann E. Burg summons her prodigious heart and virtuosic poetry to turn a little-known tragedy--one of the deadliest in our country's history--into a transcendent and hopeful work of art.
Fiction / Nonfiction Fiction
Item # 854069
Imprint Scholastic Press
Copyright 2021
Format Jacketed Hardcover
Trim Size 5 x 8
Pages 352
Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Grades 3 - 7
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