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Worlds Afire

by Paul B. Janeczko

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167 people perished July 6, 1944 when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus tent became a fast, searing inferno wherein the people of Harford, Ct were forever changed.

Told in a series of poems, excellently written, the author writes from the perspective of young and old. Heartbreaking, insightful and well worth the time spent in reading. ( )
  Whisper1 | Dec 5, 2011 |
It's heartbreaking but shows you that you need to love life every second because you'll never know when it will end. I would have liked maybe a story of a kid or something investigating it, but I did love how it was written. I thought it had an interesting name and I love more plain covers so it can hide the story in it and doesn't give it away. AHS/JA
  edspicer | Apr 14, 2010 |
Based on the devastatingly true event of a circus fire in Hartford, CT, on July 6, 1944, in which 167 people perished and more than 500 were injured, this story, told in haunting poems from many different perspectives (people who were involved in the fire in some way - spectators, circus acts, children, adults, fire fighters, police, . . .) is poignant and memorable. Paul Janneczko's poetic language paints clear, unforgettable images. ( )
  janbrennan | Jul 15, 2008 |
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"Riveting. . . . A memorable historical fiction selection, similar in intensity to Karen Hesse’s OUT OF THE DUST and WITNESS." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

One summer afternoon in 1944, hundreds of circus lovers crowded under the big top in Hartford, waiting for the show to begin. Minutes later, a fire broke out and spread through the tent, claiming the lives of 167 souls and injuring some 500 more. Paul B. Janeczko recalls that tragic event by bringing to life some unforgettable voices -- from circus performers to seasoned fans, from firefi ghters to ushers. Using the lyrical power of language to render tragedy with a human face, this spare, startling book in verse leaves an emotional impact young readers will not soon forget.

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In this collection of eyewitness poems, the excitement and anticipation of attending the circus on July 6, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut, turns to horror when a fire engulfs the big top, killing 167 people and injuring more than 500.

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