Molasses gives cookies and baked beans a lot of flavor. And it's not bad right out of the jar. Bostonians have been eating baked beans with molasses since Colonial times, which is why Boston is nicknamed Beantown.


Iím glad you found my home on the Web. My real one is about an hourís drive from Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is an old port city rich in history. The most famous historical event that happened in the city was the Boston Tea Party. The most bizarre event, which occurred 145 years later, was the molasses flood. Have you ever seen molasses? Itís a dark-brown, thick, and sticky liquid, which has many uses. It can be made into alcohol, and it's also an ingredient in spicy cookies and in baked beans.

On January 15, 1919, a large metal tank containing more that two million gallons of molasses burst apart in Bostonís North End. The molasses escaped in a giant wave, which flooded the neighborhood. Can you imagine your neighborhood awash in a brown, sticky sea? The flood was a terrible tragedy. People actually drowned in molasses. But it was also a fascinating story, which I knew would interest kids. So I decided to write THE GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD: BOSTON, 1919

THE GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD is a finalist for the 2013 Boston Authors Club's Young Readers Prize

The book was also on the following lists:

The National Council for the Social Studies' Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People for 2013

The New York Public Library's Children's Books 2012: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books' Blue Ribbons List for 2012

From School Library Journal:

"This briskly paced recounting of the disaster focuses on the human elementóthe people involved, their lives disrupted and never the same thereafter. Covering not only the Molasses Flood, but the impact of Prohibition on businesses and the anarchist movement, the engaging narrative paints a very different picture of the Roaring Twenties than is typical."

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