A Fire Story
A Fire Story
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Catalog Number: #186100
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Hot Title Hot Title
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 160
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-419-73585-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-73585-1
Dewey: 741
Language: English
School Library Journal Starred Review
In 2017, California wildfires drove author-illustrator Fies ( Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? ) from his California home with his wife and some scant possessions. In the days after, Fies chronicled his story through a webcomic, created from scans of his Sharpie-drawn pages. Now he has expanded the narrative to include the months following the disaster, incorporating the accounts of fellow survivors. Much like his Eisner Awardwinning Mom's Cancer , this book is heartrending. The art is cartoonish (bringing to mind Calvin & Hobbes ), which helps ease the sadness. There's a brief moment of profanity (as the author stares at the ruins of his home), but there is otherwise no explicit content. Some readers may not want to read the wordy side stories, but they can be skipped in favor of the core tale of Fies and his family. VERDICT In an era of increasing national disasters, this book will help teens understand the impact of tragic events. A must for most collections. Tammy Ivins, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

Early morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures and were destroyed. Author Brian Fies's firsthand account of this tragic event is an honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn't fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to burn through the area, Brian hastily pulled together A Fire Story and posted it online--it immediately went viral. He is now expanding his original webcomic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is an honest account of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.

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