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In 1937, the worst school disaster in the history of the United States hit a school building in New London, Texas. A natural gas explosion leveled the structure, killing more than 300 children and teachers. The tragedy left its mark on the small town, particularly on the survivors, who shared the guilt of knowing they lived when so many perished. Ron Rozelle’s My Boys and Girls Are in There: The 1937 New London School Explosion combines the personal details of eyewitness accounts with historical and legal facts to provide a comprehensive and heart-wrenching narrative of the catastrophe and the long path of healing for the entire town. "It’s hard going, a difficult business indeed, being a survivor," Rozelle writes. My Boys and Girls Are in There was released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the disaster. Rozelle, a veteran educator, grew up just 80 miles from New London, and his father helped search the school for survivors after the explosion. Rozelle is the author of seven other books. His book Into That Good Night was featured at the Texas Book Festival in 2000. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.