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History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire

History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire

Rising From the Ashes

History Comics

Written by Kate Hannigan; illustrated by Alex Graudins

First Second



First Second

First Second

On Sale: 06/30/2020

ISBN: 9781250795670

128 Pages, Ages 9-13

In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed.

A deadly blaze engulfs Chicago for two terrifying days! A brother, a sister, and a helpless puppy must race through the city to stay one step ahead of the devilish inferno. But can they reunite with their lost family before it’s too late?

With History Comics you can travel back in time to the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, the deserts of the American southwest, the riot at the Stonewall Inn, and beyond! In this new nonfiction graphic novel series from First Second, the past comes alive!

Praise for History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire

"Vibrant artwork and an engaging story make this a great vehicle for a poignant glimpse at American history."—Booklist

"Hannigan sticks closely to historical records in tracing the causes and course of the fire as well as the architectural and infrastructure improvements wrought in its wake and the fair’s artistic and technological highlights. ...Graudins overlays the infodumps with small, intimate panels depicting period-clad people with appealingly open expressions (and, often, puppies in tow) in accurately drawn settings. A fictive plotline adds a strong “you are there” feel to this informative account."—Kirkus


Written by Kate Hannigan; illustrated by Alex Graudins

Kate Hannigan used to work for daily newspapers, but now she writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers, digging up remarkable people from history and sharing their stories. Her work includes a middle-grade historical fantasy series, The League of Secret Heroes, the historical mystery The Detective’s Assistant, and a picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, A Lady Has the Floor.

Alex Graudins is a Rhode Island–based cartoonist known for illustrating Science Comics: The Brain. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts’ Cartooning program in 2016 and has since contributed comics to sites like The Nib and CollegeHumor. In her free time, she draws autobiographical comics about living with anxiety.

image of Alex Graudinso
Seth Jacobson Photography

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