Liam's Watch

A Strange Story of the Great Chicago Fire

Scrapbooks of America
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The historic 1871 fire in Chicago is the setting of this mysterious tale about family bonds, loss, and survival. Told through the eyes of young Liam, the story teaches readers about the tragedy of the fire as well as how families escaped and started their lives again.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Category Social Studies
Copyright 2003
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2002-08-01
Dewey F
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 9.5 x 7.5
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 62553
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Activities for further learning, Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
  • Liam's Story
  • The History of the Great Chicago Fire
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Activities
  • To Find Out More
  • About the Author
Author: Pamela Dell

Pamela Dell has been writing for kids since the late 1980's, including work in both print and interactive multimedia. In the mid-1990's, she became one of the founders of Purple Moon, a highly acclaimed interactive game company for girls. As part of her role there, Pamela created the characters and scripts for the company's multiple-award winning Rockett CD-Rom game series. She has also produced work, both fiction and nonfiction, for clients such as Mattel, Carus Publishing, World Book Encyclopedia, Children's Press, Plan B Enterprises, Addictive Media, and the University of California, among others...subsequently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


A noteworthy review of Scrapbooks of America from School Library Journal on May 1, 2003

In format, these slim fiction titles are reminiscent of scrapbooks. While each narrative tells the story of a 12-year-old at the center of a historical event, boxed notes give readers some background information. In addition there are numerous full-page color and black-and-white period… View →

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