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I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919 (I Survived #19) (19) (utgåvan 2019)

av Lauren Tarshis (Författare)

Serier: I Survived (19)

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One hundred years ago, a killer wave of molasses struck a crowded Boston neighborhood. Discover the story of this strange disaster in the next book in the New York Times bestselling I Survived series. A deadly - and strange - disaster. It's been four years since Carmen and Papa moved from Italy to Boston. Life here is exciting, but not always easy. And then there's the massive metal tank that rises up over their crowded North End neighborhood. The ugly tank, filled with sticky brown molasses, has always leaked. But nobody imagined that it could one day explode apart, sending a tsunami of molasses into the streets. Caught in the flood, Carmen must fight for her life - the life that she and Papa built together in America. But where will she find the strength?… (mer)
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Titel:I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919 (I Survived #19) (19)
Författare:Lauren Tarshis (Författare)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2019), 144 pages
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Carmen, an Italian-American immigrant, experiences a number of losses in her young life and the 'icing on the cake' is when a molasses tank in her neighborhood explodes, destroying buildings and drowning people in the sticky mess.

So for many years now, I've been seeing these "I Survive" books fly off the shelves at libraries and have wondered what makes them so great that kids love them immensely. I decided to download several e-book titles to evaluate them, selecting some books with events I knew a decent amount about already, events I knew a little bit about already, and events I really didn't know anything about previously. This book fits into the third category; I had never even heard of this event until I saw this book.

Despite being a complete newbie to the subject, I found myself having a hard time getting into this title at first and I'm not quite sure why. The chapters are short and try to end on cliff-hanger type moments, which worked really well in the latter part of the book. But the beginning was a little slow for some reason, and I can't place my finger on why, especially considering that a lot of other horrific events happen, including Carmen's memories of an earthquake back in Italy and her father coming down with a deadly strain of flu.

That being sad, the characters were likeable and interesting, and the story did get more fascinating as it went on. I felt genuine concern for the characters, even though I know they are fictional ... knowing they were based on real events made it feel more urgent and pressing, even if those events are in the distant past.

Back matter features extensive information about the true facts behind the story. This includes information about how the molasses tank was poorly made, how long clean-up took, and the consequences for the company who owned the tank. The author also uses this space to highlight contextual history such as information about World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic. (I do have a small quibble here that the author tries to explain that origin of the name "Spanish influenza" by saying "It was given that name because the king of Spain was one of the first famous people to die of the illness." Everything I've read indicates the name was given because the Spanish media were not censoring information about the deadly flu strain, unlike in other countries.) All in all, I learned (or had my memory refreshed with) a lot of facts from this section.

Illustrations throughout the book are not strictly necessary but they are fine enough addition. I only question the flags shown at the top of each chapter. One is clearly the flag of the U.S.A. but another is perhaps the flag of Italy? There is a cross in the middle that is not in Italy's flag today, so I'm really not sure what it is supposed to represent and I found myself distracted by this never being addressed or answered in the text. The backmatter includes archival photographs of actual historic events, which was a very nice touch.

This title features a cast of almost all Italian-American immigrants characters, which is good from a diversity standpoint and a jumping off point for the author to talk about immigration in the back matter. However, this led to some clunky writing in the main text, in which the author would use an Italian word in the dialogue and then immediately define it instead of allowing context clues to do the trick and/or including a glossary at the end of the book. Also, at one point she mentions two characters hoping to get 'a cannoli or a biscotti' from a bakery ... but in Italian, the final "i" indicates the word is plural so "a" is the wrong article to use there. It's a very small error but one I see often enough that it feels like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Despite some minor issues here and there, this is a solid title about an unusual event in history that doesn't typically make its way into the history books. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Sep 20, 2020 |
My first in the "I Survived" series, and there's a lot to like here. It opens with a map of Boston Harbor in 1919 - the clearest map of the area I've seen, including in Stephen Puleo's Dark Tide. Chapter one takes place during the tank's explosion, but Chapter two goes back a few months to set context and character. Significant back matter includes historical photographs, a note from the author about the writing of the book, additional historical context (about USIA's ultimate payout to the victims of the flood; the 1918 influenza; how molasses became displaced by sugar), a recipe for gingerbread(!), further reading, and selected bibliography.

See also: American Girl series ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 30, 2020 |
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One hundred years ago, a killer wave of molasses struck a crowded Boston neighborhood. Discover the story of this strange disaster in the next book in the New York Times bestselling I Survived series. A deadly - and strange - disaster. It's been four years since Carmen and Papa moved from Italy to Boston. Life here is exciting, but not always easy. And then there's the massive metal tank that rises up over their crowded North End neighborhood. The ugly tank, filled with sticky brown molasses, has always leaked. But nobody imagined that it could one day explode apart, sending a tsunami of molasses into the streets. Caught in the flood, Carmen must fight for her life - the life that she and Papa built together in America. But where will she find the strength?

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