Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Blizzard of Glass
by Sally M. Walker
From the publisher:
"On December 6, 1917 two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and one held relief supplies, both intended for wartorn Europe. The resulting blast flattened two towns, Halifax and Dartmouth, and killed nearly 2,000 people. As if that wasn't devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and paralyzing much-needed relief efforts.

Fascinating, edge-of-your-seat storytelling based on original source material conveys this harrowing account of tragedy and recovery."

I don't generally review non-fiction books, but as I was getting this one ready for checkout I leafed through it and was sucked in. This is a piece of history I had never heard of and it was fascinating! I love how the author told the stories of several different families and how they were personally affected by the tragedy. Where they lived, what they were doing that morning, how they loved their family... that made it seem more real and that much more interesting. The facts themselves are gripping, but when you are wondering what happens to the Coleman father, or how the Pattison's will ever survive, then you are really hooked. It is a quick and exciting read. I am really glad I read it and learned about that important piece of history. I hope it gets checked out and read by our students.

Suggested Ages:
Kirkus Reviews - Ages 10-14
School Library Journal - Grades 5-8

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