Earth Dragon Awakes
It is April 18, 1906, at 5:11 a.m. You are awakened by a gentle movement of your bed. It trembles beneath you. In the next moment, your bed is dancing across the floor of your room. You hop out of bed and feel the floor roll like a wooden sea beneath your feet. Your desk crawls toward a window. Before you can reach the door, books topple off your shelves, and boxes clobber you on the head. When you finally reach your door, you find it is jammed tight. Now, the walls begin to crack around you and the ceiling rains down. You hope it is just your worst nightmare....but it isn't. The Great Earthquake of 1906 is just beginning. You will need all the courage and perseverance you can gather to survive the next day of your life.
Chin and his father, Ah Sing, face even greater danger, for their home is in a poorly built tenement house in Chinatown. On the other side of town, Henry Travis and his wealthy family are no better off. You can travel back in time with them through The Earth Dragon Awakes. You will read about hardships, death, heroism, and survival.
Incredible depth of fact is woven into the captivating story of the Great Earthquake as told from three points of view...Chin's, Henry's, and that of an earthquake expert...The Earth Dragon. Laurence Yep's masterful storytelling and short chapters make the story inviting to readers of all ages.
Interview with the Author
Legends and Myths
Though the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was a factual event, the Chinese used legend to explain why it had happened...the earth dragon awoke! Learn more about legends and then, try writing one of your own! These sites may help.
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Other Books by Laurence Yep:
Skunk Scout by Laurence Yep
The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep
The Earth Dragon Awakes by Laurence Yep
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Francisco, immediately after the 1906 earthquake:
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