Part of the Robbie Reader series, The Johnstown Flood, 1889 is a well-written and well-researched book about one of the worst natural disasters in modern history and one that happened in nearby Johnstown, PA.
The author, Dan Leathers, personalizes that horrific day in May of 1889 through the eyes of six-year old Gertrude Quinn in relating her harrowing escape from the ravages of the flood.
He also tells the story of sixteen-year old Victor Heiser who survived the flood and went on to become a world famous doctor who found a treatment for the dreaded disease of leprosy. Many believe that his discovery saved millions on lives.
Many photographs and detailed paintings by the artist L. Kenneth Townsend add to the power of this story.
The book artfully tells of the events leading up to the terrible collapse of the South Fork Dam and the subsequent flood that followed devastating the city of Johnstown and its people.This is an important book for young readers who want to know about a tragic and unforgettable day in history.