Cinnamon Moon

Written by Tess Hilmo

On October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire roared through Chicago and 250 miles away in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, there was an even more devastating fire; destroying families, homes and lives. This is a historical-fiction novel about twelve-year-old Ailis and her younger brother, Quinn, who survive the Peshtigo fire, but their family does not. They are taken to a boarding house in Chicago, where they meet six-year-old Nettie, an orphan displaced by the Chicago fire. Their lives are miserable and they vow to find a way to leave. Then Nettie disappears. She has been kidnapped by a group that forces children to work in the sewers killing rats. Can they find a way to rescue her? A wonderful story of friendship and love.

Review by Debbie Woolsey, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-7

Cinnamon Moon
Written by Tess Hilmo
Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar, Straus Giroux
256 pages
Release Date: October 18, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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