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August 10, 2016
Sometimes when we imagine a historical event, it’s hard to think beyond the mere facts we learn in a textbook. How many men were wounded during the bombing of Pearl Harbor? How long did it take for the Titanic to sink? What did the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 register on the Richter Scale?
But here’s what I love most about Lauren Tarshis’s awesome I Survived series: although it includes lots of fascinating factual information, it also humanizes some of the most devastating and terrifying events in history. Especially when dates fade further into the past, it can be easy to forget that tragic moments like the Nazi invasion of Poland or the Battle of Gettysburg were really experienced by actual people who felt fear and hope and determination just like we do today!
To stay connected with our world’s history, it helps to imagine the feelings and actions of the men, women, and children living in times other than our own—and you don’t have to be a professional author to do it! If you write your own I Survived–style story about a thrilling or devastating historical event and send it to us, you could win a trip to the site of one of the I Survived books with Lauren Tarshis as your personal tour guide! For complete contest rules, visit: scholastic.com/clubcontests.
UPDATE 3/26/14: Thank you for your enthusiastic response to the I SURVIVED contest! We received nearly 7,000 entries and read stories about the most exciting, scary and dangerous events in the history of the world—from the Trojan War to the Boston Marathon bombing and so much more. It was not easy for our judges to choose only eleven entries for recognition. You can find the names and winning stories from the grand prize winner and the runners-up on our site at: scholastic.com/clubcontests. Congratulations to the winners!
Bio about Author: Nicole is the merchandising manager for the 4th Graders, 5th Graders, and Middle Schoolers Reading Club catalogs.
January 14, 2014