Fire in the Sky

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The Hindenberg was on its way! That was all nine-year old Stenny could think about as he pedaled his bike furiously toward the Naval Air Station on a rainy spring evening in 1937. Stenny knew everything there was to know about the Hindenberg, and when the giant airship arrived in his hometown of Lakehurst, New Jersey, he was going to be there. He didn’t know that before the night was over, he would learn what it means to be a hero. Written by the author of Jimmy Crack Corn, Fire in the Sky introduces young readers to this tragic episode in American history.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
Text Type Fiction—Historical
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 600
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 30638
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom is the author of 150 books for children. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches in Hollins University's graduate program in children's literature.

Illustrator: Shelly O. Haas


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 1997


Christian Library Journal

“. . .incite the reader to further study of the time period, the war, and dirigibles. . . The reader lives with Stenny through his struggles and growth. A tragedy of history is felt through Fire in the Sky.”
Christian Library Journal

School Library Journal

“. . . Excellent historical fiction for young readers.”
School Library Journal

School Library Journal

“Excellent historical fiction for younger readers.”
School Library Journal