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Blizzard of Glass


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Sally Walker is the author of Written in Bone, Fossil Fish Found Alive, and Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which was awarded a Sibert Medal. She lives in Illinois.


"The well-designed volume clearly depicts the extent of the devastation in both words and photographs . . . . As usual, this author's source notes and use of primary sources serves as a model of nonfiction writing." --Shelf Awareness"* Riveting." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Disasters make for gripping reading, and this account of the huge explosion of a munitions ship and its devastating effects in Halifax Harbor, Canada, in 1917 tells the dramatic history with clear detailed facts." --Booklist"Halifax does indeed have a story to tell, but Walker once again proves that it's her consummate gifts as a storyteller that breathe life into the tale." --The Horn Book"This tragic, but well-told story belongs in most collections." --School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-This excellent recounting of the horrific and unprecedented explosion on December 8, 1917 in Halifax harbor is an historical tragedy that will be unfamiliar to most listeners. Two ships-one packed with munitions for the troops fighting in Europe during World War I, and the other on a mission to collect medical supplies-crashed into each other in the narrow Canadian waterway, setting off an explosion that decimated the area for miles around and killed nearly 2,000 people. Sally M. Walker makes this account (Holt, 2011) even more affecting by introducing listeners to a number of children and adults who were going about their normal day on the morning of the explosion. She follows each of them through the nightmarish explosion, devastating shock wave, and subsequent fires. And to make matter worse, on the day after the disaster, there was a blizzard that dropped nearly a foot of snow. Paul Michael paces his narration well, varying his intonations and voicing the appropriate accents. The horror of the true story is made even more real by his matter-of-fact recitation. Make sure to have the book available so listeners can see photos of the harbor, the ships, and other features that the audio version alone can't sufficiently convey.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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