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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Langer Karwoski Narrator: Terry Bregy Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781482979916
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Buildings were weaving in and out. The street pitched like a stormy sea. Bricks were raining down all around him. The ground shook with such violence that Jacob thought the world had come to an end. In award-winning author Gail Langer Karwoski’s stirring fictional account of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, young listeners will relive the drama of the actual event and its devastating aftermath through the courageous survival of a young boy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Karwoski’s research is apparent in the many vivid details of life after the earthquake, but readers will be less concerned with social issues than with the developing stories of the sympathetic characters.”


  • “Karwoski’s novel conveys very capably the fear, disorientation, and shock of living through a major disaster and coping with the aftermath…The protagonist is appealingly unvarnished, alternately sweet and angry, open-eyed both to the destruction at large and the smaller scale unhappiness at home since his mother’s death…Quake! combines disaster and family longing for a sturdily constructed and affecting look at the past.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 11/8/2010

    " This book is historical fiction because it did happen but it has made up characters. I would reccomend this book to kids that like earth quakes. I have schema with this book because one day I went to my friends house and it was a mess like in the book when the earth quake happend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austinratliff | 6/14/2010

    " this book was interesting because it focused on an unusual topic, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. its also a good book because it shows a boys fight for survival, while trying to find his family "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annabelle | 6/25/2008

    " Better than Song of Sampo Lake, but still horrible . . . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 3/31/2008

    " I guess if you are in 4th grade this book may be a little interesting, but I'm still wondering where all the "hard facts" are that the author said she researched...a little too much of the fiction..not enough of the historical for me. "

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About the Author

Gail Langer Karwoski is the award-winning author of numerous books for young readers, including Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906. She has written historical novels and nonfiction for kids in grades four through nine, as well as picture books about nature. Curiosity inspires her writing, and research helps her stories grow. Gail taught public school for thirteen years, teaching high school, middle school and elementary school classes in English, reading, and creative writing, as well as gifted classes. When she isn't clicking away on her keyboard, you can often find this former teacher visiting schools and libraries. She lives in Georgia with her university-professor husband and three bossy cats. Gail's grownup kids and granddaughter, Clementine, live in California.

About the Narrator

Terry Bregy is a narrator of children’s and young adult books. Some of his published credits include Morning Girl, Paddle-to-the-Sea, and Across Five Aprils.