Surviving Disaster

Acts of war, terrorism, and natural disasters can cause death and destruction, leading to extraordinary recovery efforts. This series gives students a glimpse into what it was like to experience such horrific events and how citizens, first responders, and governments reacted. Cleanup, medical treatment, and further military or legal action are covered in detail. Stories from survivors and participants are featured throughout, providing many unique perspectives on these disasters.

  • Firsthand accounts from survivors
  • Each event is thoroughly documented from onset to aftermath
  • High-interest nonfiction that also meets students’ need for informational text


Library Set
ISBN: 9781499436730
© Year 2016
Reading Level: Grade 5 – 6
Interest Level: Grades 5 – 8
Size: 9 1/4 X 7 1/4 48p
Language: English
Features: Detailed Table of Contents, For Further Information Section, Glossary, Index, Web Sites, Full-color photographs

Further Info & Pricing 

Surviving 9/11

An event still fresh in our collective memory, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are an integral part of the United States’ identity and politics today. This title explains what happened in the lead-up to the attacks, on the fateful day itself, and in the aftermath, guiding readers through the emergency response to an unprecedented disaster. The first-hand stories of survivors and first responders bring this historic tragedy to a personal level as readers learn about how America responded to and grew stronger from 9/11.

©  2016 ISBN: 9781499436570
Written by Paul Challen

Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing

The world was stunned when bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and killed 3 and wounded more than 250. Immediately, the city kicked into emergency mode, setting up triage tents to assess and treat victims and combing the streets to find out who was responsible. Readers will be engaged in the details of that fateful day, as well as the subsequent manhunt for the two brothers responsible for the bombings. And they will understand how law enforcement, medical professionals, the FBI, and the entire city pulled together to show the world that they are “Boston Strong.”

©  2016 ISBN: 9781499436617
Written by Paul Challen

Surviving D-Day

D-Day, also known as Operation Overlord or the Normandy Invasion, occurred on June 6, 1944, and has gone down in history as one of the most successful invasions of all times. This volume offers readers insights into the invasion of German-occupied France by British, Canadian, and U.S. troops, detailing the preceding aerial and naval bombardment, the plans and actions of the initial landings in France, and the movements of the Allies afterward, including their eventual success. Survivor stories are included throughout, providing first-person accounts of these harrowing days.

©  2016 ISBN: 9781499436532
Written by Paul Challen

Surviving Hurricane Katrina

This captivating book offers a close and exciting account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, recounting what it was like to live through and survive this disaster. Readers will gain a unique perspective of the enormity of the tragedy and a greater appreciation of those who experienced it and survived its aftermath. With stunning images and gripping text, this book offers readers a new perspective of this tragedy, and readers will gain a greater appreciation for the power of mother nature.

©  2016 ISBN: 9781499436655
Written by Kira Freed

Surviving Pearl Harbor

This compelling resource chronicles the memorable events of December 7, 1941, the day that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, provoking the United States into entering World War II. Readers will see the attack through the eyes of survivors, such as Donald Kirby Ross, the first WWII-era recipient of the Medal of Honor, and Lee Embree, who took the first air-to-air photos of Japanese planes and pilots in the attack. Beyond Pearl Harbor, the Ni’ihau Incident and the assault on Oahu’s airfields are also explained.

©  2016 ISBN: 9781499436495
Written by Kira Freed

Surviving the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

In March 2011, a massive earthquake hit Japan and triggered a powerful tsunami. Claiming more than 15,000 lives, destroying thousands of homes, and wiping out infrastructure, the event was one of the worst natural disasters in Japan’s history. Yet even after damage to the Fukushima power plant resulted in one of the most devastating nuclear accidents–one that continues to affect surrounding areas years after the incident–the Japanese people and government showed resilience. This volume examines the events and the national and environmental impact of this tragedy as well as the steps that have been taken to rebuild lives and homes.

©  2016 ISBN: 9781499436457
Written by Kira Freed

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