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Quake!: Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

Gail Langer Karwoski

Nominee:Rhode Island Children's Book Awards -Grades 3-6 (2006)
Nominee:Land of Enchantment Book Award -Young Adult (2008)

A boy and his dog navigate dangerous rubble, prejudices, and survival in this riveting fictional account of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

It's before daybreak in San Francisco on April 18, 1906. Mourning the loss of his mother, thirteen-year-old Jacob Kaufman slips out of the cramped boarding house where he lives with his immigrant father and little sister Rosie. Why couldn't Papa just let him keep the stray dog--the one thing that has made him happy in months? But he forgets all his frustrations when the ground beneath his feet begins to rumble.

Buildings collapse, and the street splits wide open as Jacob runs for safety from a devastating earthquake. With just his dog, he embarks on a perilous search for shelter, food and water, and missing loved ones while grappling with his Jewish traditions and fighting prejudices against a new Chinese friend.

In Gail Langer Karwoski's stirring fictional account of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, young readers will relive the drama of the actual event and its devastating aftermath. An author's note carefully separates fact from fiction, giving young readers a glimpse into one of the worst earthquakes in modern history.

Also available from Gail Langer Karwoski:
Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark
Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier


Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Nominee, Grades 3-8) ―FAME
Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association
Massachusetts Children's Book Award (Master List) ―Salem State College
Nevada Young Readers' Award, Young Reader Category (Nominee) ―Nevada Library Association
Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Master List) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA
Rhode Island Children's Book Award (Nominee) ―Rhode Island IRA Chapter, RILA, REIMA
Notable Children's Books of Jewish Content: The Best of the Bunch (Older Readers) ―Association of Jewish Libraries
Maxwell Medal (Children's) ―Dog Writers of America

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
  • Publish Date: Apr 1st, 2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.28in - 6.28in - 0.73in - 0.94lb
  • EAN: 9781561453108
  • Recommended age: 08-12
  • Categories: Action & Adventure - Survival StoriesHistorical - United States - 20th Century

About the Author

Karwoski, Gail Langer: - Gail Langer Karwoski taught third- and fourth-grade students for many years. She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MA from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Georgia.
Papp, Robert: - Robert Papp has produced hundreds of award-winning illustrations for books from many different publishers, from romance novels to young adult books. He lives in Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lisa, who is also an artist.

Praise for this book

"Karwoski's novel conveys very capably the fear, disorientation, and shock of living through a major disaster and coping with the aftermath... Quake! combines disaster and family longing for a sturdily constructed and affecting look at the past." ―School Library Journal
"Karwoski's research is apparent in the many vivid details of life after the earthquake, but readers will be less concerned with social issues than with the developing stories of the sympathetic characters." ―Booklist