“Firestorm!” by Joan Hiatt Harlow


“Firestorm!” by Joan Hiatt Harlow; Simon & Schuster, 2010

Format: Novel, Paperback

Rating: 2

Genre: Historical Fiction

What did you like about the book? I liked that the author went into details about the hard life of orphans in the 1870’s. Through these details, readers have the opportunity to understand what life for children was like in the past and, perhaps, feel a deeper appreciation for what they now have in the 21st century. Her Afterword was also a good source of information about the Great Chicago Fire.

 What didn’t you like about the book? I didn’t like that it was supposed to have been set during the Great Chicago Fire, yet almost three quarters of the book passed before anything even resembling this historical event began to take place.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Students in grades 5-7, and those who may have read “Oliver Twist.”

Who should buy this book? Middle school and Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it? Wherever Historical Fiction is shelved

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, City: Alma Ramos-McDermott, Weymouth

Date of review: April 10, 2012

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