New Premier's Reading Challenge
New general fiction
Jane O'Connor and husband Sean moved to Kinglake, 65 kilometers northeast of Melbourne, 16 years ago. They were drawn by the lush native bush, the space to raise their beloved animals, and the close-knit community. On Saturday, February 7, 2009, Jane and her family were sweltering through one of the hottest summer days on record, listening with concern to reports of fires sweeping through Kilmore and Wandong, 50 kilometers to their east and—according to the reports—heading south. But as the clouds of smoke loomed closer, and became tinged with a color that from experience heralded danger, they realized that the fire was in fact heading towards them. But by then it was too late to evacuate; they were trapped as the firestorm swept towards them, obliterating everything in its ferocious path. Without Warning details the horrifying events of that day as Jane and her family fought for their lives in the face Australia's worst natural disaster. It details how they survived the day and the immediate aftermath, living in a landscape of death before emergency crews could reach them. Lucky to be alive, they then had to grapple with the grief and destruction of their community and find a way to survive the even longer journey of recovery and rebuilding.
This text should support the year 9 Australian Disasters Research Unit in HSIE
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