Audrey Under The Big Top: A Hartford Circus Fire Survival Story

ISBN-10: 1666330620
ISBN-13: 9781666330625
Author: Gunderson, Jessica
Illustrated by: Tan, Wendy
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Capstone

Publication Date: January 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 102

Series: Girls Survive

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Interest Level

Grades 3-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: U
Lexile: 540L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.0
Accelerated Reader Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 20th Century

Twelve-year-old Audrey wants nothing more than to be a dance performer and aerialist, but that feels far from reality in 1944 Hartford, Connecticut. So when she learns the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to town, Audrey is determined to be there under the big top. It's her only chance to see the Flying Wallendas, a world-renowned highwire act, perform. Audrey convinces her mother to let her take her six-year-old twin sisters with her to the show. But disaster strikes when a fire breaks out under the big top. Can Audrey escape--and find her siblings--before the tent comes crashing down? Readers can learn the real story of the Hartford Circus Fire from the nonfiction backmatter, including a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and more, in this Girls Survive story.
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