The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937

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Series: I Survived Vol. 13   

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Annotation: In 1937, eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard and his family make a transatlantic journey on the Hindenburg zeppelin; but as the airship gets ready to land, an explosion sparks a fire, putting Hugo in a deperate race to escape the flames.
Catalog Number: #117499
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Dawson, Scott,
Pages: 91 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-65850-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-93514-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-65850-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93514-3
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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The latest entry in the I Survived series finds 11-year-old Hugo, his family, and a spy aboard the ill-fated Hindenburg on its final journey. Boarding in Frankfurt on the way home from a long stay in Kenya, Hugo is impressed by the craft's size, its smooth flight, and its luxury. A friendly fellow passenger introduces him to her father, Mr. Merrick, who works for the Hindenburg's owners and conducts a tour of the huge vessel. The trip turns out to be anything but routine as Hugo discovers that Mr. Merrick is the quarry of a spy-hunting Nazi officer; thunderstorms over the U.S. coast cause delays; and, of course, a sudden, massive conflagration sends Hugo frantically leaping for the ground amid showers of burning wreckage, not knowing whether his family has survived. Occasional spot art supplements the famous photo of the Hindenburg in flames, and the author closes with a historical summary and additional resources on the zeppelin's structure, its career, and how its catastrophic destruction changed the history of air travel.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [107-108]).
Word Count: 12,779
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 180450 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q68339
Lexile: 700L

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis provides a birds-eye view of one of America's most ghastly accidents ever be captured on film, the Hindenburg Disaster of 1937.

The greatest flying machine ever built is about to crash...

For eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard, flying on the Hindenburg is a dream come true. Hugo, his parents, and his four-year-old sister, Gertie, are making the thrilling four-thousand-mile journey across the Atlantic in a zeppelin as big as the Titanic.

But as the zeppelin gets ready to land, a blast rocks the Hindenburg and fire consumes the ship. The entire disaster lasts a mere thirty-two seconds, but in those few seconds, Hugo finds himself separated from his family and in a desperate race to escape the flames. The Hindenburg is doomed. And so, it seems, is Hugo. Will he survive this historic disaster?

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