Worlds Afire

ISBN-10: 076363400X
ISBN-13: 9780763634001
Edition: N/A
Authors: Paul B. Janeczko
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Description: "Riveting. . . . A memorable historical fiction selection, similar in intensity to Karen Hesse’s OUT OF THE DUST and WITNESS." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) One summer afternoon in 1944, hundreds of circus lovers crowded under the big  More...

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List price: $7.99
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

"Riveting. . . . A memorable historical fiction selection, similar in intensity to Karen Hesse’s OUT OF THE DUST and WITNESS." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) One summer afternoon in 1944, hundreds of circus lovers crowded under the big top in Hartford, waiting for the show to begin. Minutes later, a fire broke out and spread through the tent, claiming the lives of 167 souls and injuring some 500 more. Paul B. Janeczko recalls that tragic event by bringing to life some unforgettable voices -- from circus performers to seasoned fans, from firefi ghters to ushers. Using the lyrical power of language to render tragedy with a human face, this spare, startling book in verse leaves an emotional impact young readers will not soon forget.

We laid nine hundred feet of hose then another hundred and a half.
About a ton of hose.
But we all knew we were too late.
There was no tent just folding chairs and bleachers blazing like nobody's business.
Too hot to get close.
See, they dip their chairs in paint and hang them up to dry, so as the years pass they're adding another layer of paint eager to burn.
But that's not half the problem of the tent itself.
To keep the rain out they coat the canvas with paraffin mixed with gasoline, laid on good and thick with stiff brooms.
Oh, that waterproofs it all right-been doing it that way for years-but what does it give you?
One huge candle just waiting for a light.
From the Hardcover edition.

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