Lily is a twelve-year-old Chinese American girl living in San Francisco's Chinatown when an earthquake destroys her home and sets her neighborhood on fire. Separated from her parents, Lily must help her younger brother and neighbor escape San Francisco. As the city burns, Lily struggles to keep her group close as they face peril and racism. Will Lily be reunited with her parents and make it across the bay to the safety of Oakland?
Readers can learn the real story of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake from the nonfiction backmatter in this nail-biting book from the Girls Survive series. A glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts are also provided, helping kids put a personal face to this historic disaster.