I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (I Survived #5)
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Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco -- not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he's free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new businesses and families move in every day from everywhere, and anything seems possible.
But early one spring morning, everything changes. Leo's world is shaken -- literally -- and he finds himself stranded in the middle of San Francisco as it crumbles and burns to the ground. Does Leo have what it takes to survive this devastating disaster?
The I SURVIVED series continues with another thrilling story of a boy caught in one of history's most terrifying disasters!
around with my family. But in the end, I decided it was best not to think about hidden and hopefully distant dangers. Instead I thought about Leo and Morris, and how happy they would be to know that San Francisco rose up from the ashes of 1906 to become the thriving city it is today. This photo looking down Sacramento Street in San Francisco was taken by Arnold Genthe on April 18, 1906. Sacramento Street today. How strong was the San Francisco earthquake? Back in 1906, the
passed. And then a voice calling his name woke him from his daze. Papa? “Leo! Leo Ross! Where are you?” Leo groaned to himself. Morris. Why did that kid constantly pester him? From the first day they’d met, Morris had acted like they were long lost brothers. They both lived in the same boardinghouse, Leo by himself in a tiny basement room, Morris upstairs with his uncle, a sweaty man with a huge stomach who yelled at the little girls when they played dolls on the boardinghouse steps. Every
it,” Leo added. “I didn’t tell Fletch Sikes about your gold!” Morris said. “But you told someone, right?” Leo said. Morris’s shoulders slumped. “I might have mentioned it to some kids at the market,” he said. “It was such a great story, and I … well, it really got their attention.” Leo shook his head. The kid was so desperate for friends he’d spilled Leo’s most important secret. He should clobber him. But no person could look sorrier than Morris looked now. Leo sighed. Being mad at Morris
turned into boardinghouses. Other streets were lined with little wooden houses, all crammed together like teeth in a crooked smile. Leo reached the corner of Essex and Folsom, and saw a beaten-up building. The roof was half caved in. The huge chimney loomed against the black sky. The front window was shattered and the front door was hanging off its hinges. Was this the place? It had to be, he decided. The other buildings were just regular houses. Leo stood on the steps, knowing that he could
out, Leo knew. Bits of glass from shattered windows cut into Leo’s hands and knees as he crawled. His heart pounded with fear. He felt dizzy from the smoke. He and Wilkie screamed Morris’s name. But with the shouting of the crowd and the roaring of the fires, it was almost impossible to hear anything. Until, finally, they heard a voice. “Leo! Over here!” The voice was weak. Leo moved forward … and then his heart gave a wild jump. All he could see was Morris’s head, on the ground. Only