Ocean of Fire (Horrors of History)

HofH_OceansFireWritten by T. Neill Anderson

In 1865, the streets of Columbia, South Carolina erupted in white flames. Everyone knew General Sherman’s Union Soldiers were on the move, but none anticipated this devastation. Soldiers form both camps were drunk, the wind was fierce, and no one could get the fire under control. Who could’ve started the fire? What really happened that night? This book attempts to answer these questions and more using primary sources and historical documents as a reference. This book, however, reads as a well-written fiction narrative. Included are photos throughout that help the readers to get an idea of what they would’ve been experiencing had they been there. Ideally formatted for reluctant and avid non-fiction readers, this book takes a unique approach to history that could easily be adapted for common core curriculum. Recommended for most library collections.

Review by Kira Moody, Community Member, Olympus Jr. High
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Ocean of Fire (Horrors of History)
Written by T. Neill Anderson
Charlesbridge
167 pages
Release Date: February 11, 2014

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