IN-PERSON: Lauren Tarshis - "I Survived" books

Event date: 
03/12/2023 - 4:00pm

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If you're a young person interested in history, this is the event for you! Lauren Tarshis, author of the "I Survived..." series, joins us for a presentation about two of her books, I Survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910 and I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (Graphic Novel).

It is a free in-person event however we ask that you RSVP with the link below. 

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I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (Graphic Novel) 

The story of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century is brought vividly to life in this graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis's bestselling I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005, with text adapted by Georgia Ball.

Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when his little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.

At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept off by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century — alone?

Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series comes to vivid life in graphic novel editions. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. Includes a nonfiction section at the back with facts and photos about the real-life event.

I Survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910

The Wellington snow slide of 1910 was—and still is—the deadliest avalanche in America’s history. Lauren Tarshis's story of one child surviving the frozen nightmare pounds with page-turning action and heartwarming hope.

The snow came down faster than train crews could clear the tracks, piling up in drifts 20 feet high. At the Wellington train depot in the Cascade Mountains, two trains sat stranded, blocked in by snow slides to the east and west. Some passengers braved the storm to hike off the mountain, but many had no choice but to wait out the storm.

But the storm didn’t stop. One day passed, then two, three . . . six days. The snow turned to rain. Then, just after midnight on March 1, a lightning storm struck the mountain, sending a ten-foot-high wave of snow barreling down the mountain. The trains tumbled 150 feet. 96 people were dead.

The Wellington avalanche forever changed railroad engineering. New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tells the tale of one girl who survived, emerging from the snow forever changed herself.



Lauren Tarshis is the author of the New York Times bestselling I Survived series. Each deeply researched book explores an important historical event through the eyes of a fictional child, with the goals of building knowledge, sparking curiosity, and modeling resilience. The series is read by millions of children, is used in classrooms across the country, and has been translated into ten different languages.

Lauren is also Senior Vice President and Editor-in-chief/Publisher, Scholastic Classroom Magazines, where she oversees 21 award-winning classroom magazines and digital resources, with a combined circulation of over 15 million. In her current role, she is helping to expand the magazines’ deep connection to American classrooms and ensure their vital role in providing teachers and students with an understanding of the contemporary world. Lauren can be found online at


I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005: A Graphic Novel (I Survived Graphic Novel #6) (I Survived Graphix) By Lauren Tarshis, Alvin Epps (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Alvin Epps (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338766943
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Graphix - October 18th, 2022

I Survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910 (I Survived #22) By Lauren Tarshis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338752564
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 6th, 2022

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714