Earthquake by Milly Lee

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This morning the earth shook
and threw us from our beds.
We were not hurt, just stunned.
Drawers spilled, dishes crashed,
pots and pans clanged as
they fell.
Ancestral portraits flew off
the walls.

Milly Lee's mother was eight years old in 1906, when San Francisco was shaken by a powerful earthquake. Buildings fell, fires flared, and the city burned for several days.

This is the stirring story of one Chinese American family who had to leave their home in Chinatown on that early morning to join hundreds of other refugees making their way to safety.
 

About Milly Lee

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MILLY LEE and YANGSOOK CHOI also collaborated on Nimand the War Effort, an ALA Notable Book. Ms. Lee lives in Sonoma County, California. Ms. Choi lives in New York City.
 
Published July 23, 2003 by National Geographic School Pub. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Early on the morning of April 18, 1906, an earthquake shook the city of San Francisco, collapsing buildings and igniting fires that raged for days.

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As the police drag through their investigation, Hayes decides to launch his own probe, partly out of boredom and partly because he finds himself near the top of the cops' suspect list: after all, Morton had stolen his girl and Hayes found the body.

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Curiously quiet and flat by contrast to Lee and Choi's previous collaboration, Nim and the War Effort, this story is based on the experience of Lee's mother who, as a child, survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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Like most of the characters in EARTHQUAKE WEATHER, what Mark Hayes ultimately wants is to make movies -- good movies.

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