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Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on earth

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Recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history -- that of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in July 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut. The book follows the tragic stories of a family whose children were in the audience that day, and a 15-year-old circus employee with an incendiary past -- from book jacket.

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Geneva Public Library YA 974.6 WOO (Text)
Second Floor Nonfiction
52118300772826
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Livonia Public Library J 974.6 WOO (Text)
Children's Library
52140300577021
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781613731147 (cloth)
  • ISBN: 1613731140 (cloth)
  • ISBN: 9781641602235 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 167 pages : illustrations, photographs, 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2015]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Also published by Chicago Review, 2019.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- The circus comes to town -- "The greatest show on earth" -- Fire! -- "The day the clowns cried" -- Municipal hospital -- "Who knows this child?" -- Who was to blame? -- Accident or arson? -- A name for Little Miss 1565 -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
Recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history -- that of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in July 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut. The book follows the tragic stories of a family whose children were in the audience that day, and a 15-year-old circus employee with an incendiary past -- from book jacket.
Subject: Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows > History > Juvenile literature.
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows > History.
Hartford Circus Fire, Hartford, Conn., 1944 > Juvenile literature.
Fires > Connecticut > Hartford > History > Juvenile literature.
Arson > Connecticut > Hartford > History > Juvenile literature.
Dead > Identification > Case studies > Juvenile literature.
Hartford Circus Fire, Hartford, Conn., 1944.
Fires > Connecticut.
Arson.
Hartford Circus Fire, Hartford, Conn., 1944 > Juvenile literature.
Fires > Connecticut > Hartford > History > Juvenile literature.
Arson > Connecticut > Hartford > History > Juvenile literature.
Dead > Identification > Case studies > Juvenile literature.
Hartford (Conn.) > History > 20th century > Juvenile literature.
Hartford (Conn.) > History.


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