BIG TOP BURNING : THE TRUE STORY OF AN ARSONIST, A MISSING GIRL, AND THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 6.5
It was a beautiful day in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1944, the country was involved in World War II. There was not much extra money for entertainment. But when the circus was coming to town, people saved their pennies and looked forward to the greatest show on Earth. The tent was crowded with excited families enjoying the show. But then the unthinkable happened. A fire broke out. People scrambled to get out. They pushed and shoved and tried desperately to get their children to safety. What happened that day? And who would make it out?