Kops, Deborah The Great Molasses Flood, 97 p. Charlesbridge, 2012. $19. Content: G (some historical violence).
Boston, 1919 – things are looking up after the Spanish Influenza and the Red Sox had won a pennant. Life on the waterfront becomes mayhem, however, when what sounds like a explosion bursts forth on the quiet day and 2.3 million gallons of molasses (used in making rum) are unleashed upon people, buildings and streets.
Years ago I read Joshua’s Song by Joan Harlow and thought this an interesting anecdote in history. I loved that someone has now written a thoughtful, well-researched juvenile non-fiction book on the subject. I am sure this will be popular with schools in Massachusetts, but I am definitely buying one for our non-fiction projects here.
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher