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The Earth Dragon Awakes
The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
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The Earth Dragon Awakes
The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

By Laurence Yep
2006, 113 pages, Hardback.
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Tuesday, April 17, 1906
It is early evening in San Francisco. Streetlights come on. People hurry home. No one knows about the danger below. Underneath their feet, the earth begins to stir.

Wednesday, April 18, 1906, 5:12 A.M.,
Sacramento Street
Early the next morning, Henry Travis hears a low rumbling. It sounds like a train coming. . . . Windows rattle. Doors thump. . . . There is a crash above him.

Wednesday, April 18, 1906, 5:12 A.M., Chinatown
Across town, Henry's friend Chin waits for the trembling to stop. But it goes on and on. . . . "The tenement is falling!" Chin's father shouts. Walls crack and crumble. Windows shatter. Broken glass sprays like little daggers.

The Earth Dragon has awakened . . . with a vengeance.
When the quake subsides, Chin and Henry and their families are lucky to be alive. But now they must escape the fires that have broken out and find their way to safety.

Based on actual events and told from the alternating perspectives of two young friends, THE EARTH DRAGON AWAKES is a gripping portrait of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake by Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep. With suspenseful narrative and evocative detail, the author chronicles the thrilling story of the destruction of a city, and the heroes that emerge in its wake.

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Background on Laurence Yep

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of nearly sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate. He is also the author of the Tiger's Apprentice series, The Case of the Firecrackers, Sweetwater, When the Circus Came to Town, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), and The Rainbow People, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

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