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San Francisco earthquake, 1989 : death and destruction
Sherrow, Victoria.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow, [1998]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Details the events surrounding the earthquake that took place in the San Francisco Bay Area in October 1989, as well as the clean-up and recovery efforts that followed.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 1.0 21032.
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HV600 1989 .C2573 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HV600 1989 .C2573 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HV600 1989 .C2573 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book looks at the earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area, causing severe damage in San Francisco, Oakland, and surrounding suburbs. The author presents stories of personal triumphs and tragedies in the face of this disaster.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. Each volume in the American Disasters series gives a vivid accounting of the particular disaster, depicting the chain of events and including many first-person descriptions. Discussion includes accounts of rescue efforts, often the most heart-wrenching stories, and information about the aftermath for survivors. The book on the Oklahoma City tragedy ends with a review of the captures and trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Chapters are brief and punctuated with photographs, which, though not gory, bring the disaster to life in horrifying color. The books are sure to disturb some young readers: Sherrow makes it clear that an earthquake could happen again at any time and that many of the victims in the Oklahoma bombing were young children. But, be it from morbid curiosity or for an assignment, students do sometimes request disaster books. When that happens, books in this series are acceptable in quality. Notes, a glossary, and a list of further readings are appended. Other titles in this series are listed in the Series Roundup in this issue. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6From the sudden shaking of the stands in Candlestick Park, where fans awaited the start of game three of the 1989 World Series, to the lengthy efforts to locate and rescue survivors trapped in buildings and on Interstate Highway 880, this volume presents a clear overview of the earthquake and its aftermath. Dramatic color photographs, including the collapsed section of the Bay Bridge, a bulldozer demolishing a severely damaged apartment building, and an abandoned teddy bear sitting amid rubble, emphasize its severity. Simple explanations of the San Andreas fault, the Richter scale, scientific progress in earthquake prediction, and the difficulties experienced by agencies attempting to provide shelter and transportation for the suddenly homeless add to the books value.Ginny Gustin, Santa Monica Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.