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About the Author

Lauren Tarshis was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the author of Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love, and the I Survived series. She is also an editorial director for language arts at Scholastic, the editor of Storyworks magazine, and oversees Scope show more magazine. Her title, I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii 79 A. D. made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Lauren Tarshis

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916! (2010) 3,960 copies, 31 reviews
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (2010) 3,764 copies, 44 reviews
I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (2012) 3,418 copies, 33 reviews
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (2011) 3,398 copies, 20 reviews
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 (2011) 3,272 copies, 24 reviews
I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 (2013) 2,946 copies, 21 reviews
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (2012) 2,895 copies, 9 reviews
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 (2013) 2,868 copies, 15 reviews
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (2014) 2,771 copies, 14 reviews
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 (2014) 2,578 copies, 15 reviews
I survived the Joplin tornado, 2011 (2015) 2,194 copies, 7 reviews
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (2015) 2,116 copies, 9 reviews
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (2017) 1,958 copies, 11 reviews
I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (2016) 1,910 copies, 13 reviews
I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 (2016) 1,798 copies, 8 reviews
I Survived The Children's Blizzard, 1888 (2018) 1,606 copies, 6 reviews
I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 (2018) 1,530 copies, 3 reviews
I Survived True Stories: 5 Epic Disasters (2014) 1,164 copies, 9 reviews
I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919 (2019) 1,156 copies, 7 reviews
I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 (2019) 1,136 copies, 5 reviews
I Survived The California Wildfires, 2018 (2020) 933 copies, 1 review
I Survived True Stories: Nature Attacks! (2015) 781 copies, 1 review
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (2007) 672 copies, 42 reviews
I Survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910 (2022) 481 copies, 1 review
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love (2009) 166 copies, 14 reviews
I Survived the Great Alaska Earthquake, 1964 (2023) 133 copies, 2 reviews
I Survived, Books 1-6 (2011) 2 copies
I Survived #7-#11 (2015) 1 copy


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{My thoughts} – Paul is an eleven year-old boy living in France. His village has been taken over by the Nazi’s for some years. His father had been taken from him and his mother. His best friend and his family had been taken by the Nazis in the middle of the night.

Paul is a boy that has learned to find ways to cope with what is going on around him. He hasn’t been very happy lately but when the book begins it is around his mothers birthday. He wants nothing more then to surprise her with her favorite cookies. So he goes and tries to sell his soccer ball to the only leather worker still in town. At first he doesn’t want it but then he decides to take it.

On his way home with the cookies he is nearly run off the road by the Nazis. He learns quickly his cookies are a crumbled mess on the ground and all he can think to do is cry. Then a bird comes up to him and gets his attention. The bird leads him to a soldier caught in a tree. He has to decide if he should help him or not. He chooses to do what he thinks is right and he helps him. They barely escape before the Nazis locate them with their dog.

They manage to stumble upon a resistance base. They manage to stay safe. Paul learns so many things in a short amount of time that it almost makes his head spin. There was so much he didn’t know that was going on around him and so much he wished he had. If he’d known some of the things maybe life would have been more bearable for him at his age.

This is a really well written book and it has it’s moments of “What am I reading?
and “Did I really just read that?” It was a fast read that I wish hadn’t ending. I have a strong fascination in the events that unfolded during WWII.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series very soon!
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Zapkode | 4 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – Max and his sister Zena go through a rough time. Their dad is rounded up by the Nazi’s and taken away from them. They are deposited in the Ghetto where they are more or less forced to fend for themselves. They have little to no access to food and drink and have to scavenge for what they need or want. Their Aunt Hannah had disappeared shortly before their father had been taken. Since the two of them had been on their own.

One afternoon they are out looking for food and come across a berry bush that is on the other side of the fence. Max decides he is going to go under the fence to get some of the berries so they can eat something. Zena is not okay with that, but he seems to get her approval because she is so hungry. He gets a handful and then gets popped across the head with the butt of a rifle. He is then taken by the Nazi soldier to the police station – although he never quite makes it there.

Zena gets his attention and then they end up running off together away from that Nazi soldier. They end up in a wheat field with a farmer finds them and then hides them in his barn. That farmer saved their lives. He helped to get them out of Nazi reach. Once the Nazi’s are through with searching the barn and the area they leave. The farmer comes back and then Max and Zena learn that they weren’t they only ones he was helping. They learn he was helping a group of others – those others included their Aunt Hannah.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I love nearly anything that has to do with helping children to learn more about WW2 and the tragic events that had taken place during. There are so many people in this world that have no idea about what had happened over the course of WW2 and it breaks my heart. It was a horrific time in history, but even the bad things are worth knowing and learning about. How else are we suppose to prevent such tragedies from occurring again?

I look forward to reading the next book in the series very soon!
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Zapkode | 13 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – Carmen is s a sweet girl that moved from Italy to Boston with her father at a young age. He decided that there wasn’t much in Italy for them and that he’d wanted more for him and his little girl. They made the journey and started their lives new.

It had taken sometime for them to adjust and with the advice from her grandma she was able to do just that. She managed to make friends with the upstairs neighbor boy and their family took her and her family in as members of their family. They’d cook big meals and invite them to go up and join on a regular basis.

One day Carmen is out with her friend Tony and they are up by the Molasses tank. They get caught and scared off and when they burst into the horse barn, she gets some sad news. She learns that her dad is sick and then he shortly passes away, but she was there with him throughout the rest of his sickness. She ended up moving in with the neighbors upstairs. She became an even bigger part of their family.

One day she over hears the parents talking about a trip to Italy. A boat ride and how it was going to be long and might be a rough journey. She thinks they are trying to send her back to Italy and she runs off. She ends up falling asleep at the park and then eventually is found by Tony up at the Molasses tank.

This is the point in the book where everything picks up. It starts happening at a fast pace and it is a lot of information in a small amount of pages. I really enjoy how these stories are put together. I really enjoy how well the author researches each of the topics that she writes about. I really enjoy getting to know each of the children in the stories, getting to know their story. The end of this book unlike many of the others was one that had caused me to tear up. I’m not sure if it’s because I am pregnant or what, but I teared up. Happy tears, but still!

I look forward to reading the next book in the series when and if another is released. These books are quick reads that are very informative about historical events that children should know about. History is what we learn from and I think that these books are a good way for children to better understand those events. I hope the author continues to write many more books in this series as I am sure there are plenty of historic events to be written about.
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Zapkode | 6 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – Hugo and his family are taking their very first trip on a zeppelin. It is emphasized about how safe it is in the book to travel in this way. Hugo in his family had been living in Kenya but are flying back to New York. They were told that in New York they’d be able to get a cure for the illness that attacks his younger sister. His younger sister has been through many near death occurrences in a short amount of time.

The zeppelin is a safe means of travel and as they are making their trip they learn that there is a spy on board. They learn that the spy is smuggling papers that will help reveal the location of Nazi spies that are hiding out in America. There are some Nazis that are on board the zeppelin that are on the look out for the spy. They are trying to hunt down the spy and to bring the spy to justice.

Little do Hugo and his parents know that they have personally met and interacted with the spy. So much happens on the flight before they are able to land. When they get ready to land a lot takes place including a fire on board the zeppelin. So many end up hurt and some die due to the occurrence of the fire.

My heart breaks for everyone in this book even though it’s a fictional story. It is based on real events and real people were hurt and did die from this disaster when it had happened. I’d learned a lot of interesting information while reading the book, stuff that I plan to further research in my free time. In the mean time though, I look forward to reading the next book in this series as I am highly wrapped up in these books right now!
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Zapkode | 7 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |



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