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I Survived

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I Survived

Each book tells a terrifying and thrilling story from history through the eyes of a boy who lived to tell the tale.

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I Survived

Books in this series

by Lauren Tarshis - Adventure, Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction

Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck --- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.

by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction
In the summer of 1916, 10 year old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been attacking and killing people up and down the Atlantic Coast, not far from Chet's hometown of Springfield, New Jersey. Then one day, swimming with his friends, Chet sees something in the water...
by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction
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. 
by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction

On the day that shocks the world, one boy just wants to find his family. A powerful addition to the gripping I Survived series. Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes --- and nothing will ever be the same again.

by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction

It's 1863, and Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, have fled the farm where they were born and raised as slaves. Following the North Star, looking for freedom, they soon cross paths with a Union soldier. Everything changes: Corporal Henry Green brings Thomas and Birdie back to his regiment, and suddenly it feels like they've found a new home. Best of all, they don't have to find their way north alone --- they're marching with the army.

by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction

Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away --- and pulled apart --- by a terrible tsunami.

by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction
In one of the darkest periods in history, one boy struggles to survive... In this gripping new addition to the bestselling I Survived series, a young Jewish boy escapes the ghetto and finds a group of resistance fighters in the forests of Poland. Does he have what it takes to survive the Nazis --- and fight back?
by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction
During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times? In this thrilling addition to the bestselling I Survived series, readers are taken back to antiquity with a young boy trying to escape as the giant Mount Vesuvius erupts. Does he have what it takes to survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?
by Lauren Tarshis - Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction

 

The 2011 Joplin tornado was a catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in 2011. It was part of a larger tornado outbreak in the spring of that year and reached a maximum width of nearly 1 mile during its path through the southern part of the city, killing 158 people, injuring over 1,000 and caused damages amounting to a total of $2.8 billion, making it the costliest single tornado in U.S. history. Lauren will bring her signature intensity to this distinctly American natural disaster, placing a young boy in the middle of one of the deadliest tornado to strike the United States since 1947.

by Lauren Tarshis - Adventure, Children's, Children's 7-10, Historical Fiction, Youth Fiction

It was one the most beautiful mountains in America, Mount St. Helens, in Washington State. But what many didn't know was that this peaceful mountain had an explosive past. But below ground, pressure had been building, and soon, Kaboom! Mount St. Helens would erupt with terrifying fury. Eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe knew the mountain well, and never imagined that this serene wilderness could turn deadly. But on May 10th, 1980, Jessie finds herself in the middle of the deadliest volcanic eruption in U.S. history. Trapped on the mountain, she must escape clouds of poisonous gas, boiling rivers, and landslides of rock, glacial ice, and white-hot debris.