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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sally M. Walker Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449014653
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December 6, 1917, started like any other day in Halifax. But everything stopped shortly before nine o’clock that morning, when two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One of the ships was loaded with munitions for the troops fighting in Europe; the other was preparing to collect medical supplies for the war’s victims.

The resulting disaster was the largest man-made explosion until the detonation of the atomic bomb in 1945. The blast flattened large areas of Halifax and the town across the harbor, Dartmouth. It killed nearly two thousand 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
slowing much-needed relief efforts.

This harrowing story of tragedy and recovery reveals the extraordinary strength and determination of a community in one of its darkest hours. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/28/2014

    " Recommended by a teen librarian friend - and I'm so glad I read it. I never even knew about this horrific event even though it wasn't all that far from where I grew up. (Way before my time, however!) It was a little hard to follow the different people though, but well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila Nielson | 1/22/2014

    " I had never even heard of this historical event before reading this book. Walker does an amazing job of pulling the reader right into the story. I could not put it down. So far, this is my choice for the Sibert Award this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradon Dickey | 1/8/2014

    " The Blizzard of Glass was a good book it explained to you how the ship blew up and also it told you how bad life was after the explosion. The best part of the book i thought was when all the sounding citys help rebuild and give food, shelter to the people of Halifax. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Yingling | 1/7/2014

    " In December of 1917, several ships containing hazardous chemicals in the harbor of Halifax collided. The resulting explosion was the biggest man made one until Hiroshima. Not only did the heat and shock waves destroy all of the buildings nearby, but the resultant tsunami also caused major damage. Thousands died. The devastation was incalculable, and this book does an excellent job of explaining this for middle grade readers-- after an introduction of how things aligned for this to occur, the catastrophe is followed through what happened to the members of several families. Maps, copious period photographs, and well-researched information and harrowing tales of survival make this a book that many readers will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/3/2014

    " Sally M. Walker writes compelling nonfiction for kids. This book is about a horrific collision that occurred in Halifax Harbor between two ships bound for Europe and World War I. One ship contained highly explosive munitions, and the resulting blast created a shock wave that killed almost 2000 people on either side of the harbor. Walker tells the story through the eyes of real victims and survivors, making her narrative even more powerful. This is a book on the 2014 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 12/14/2013

    " Read this since I have been to Halifax and heard about the explosion. It was interesting to read about some of the people who were affected by the explosion-what they were doing the morning of and where they were when it happened. The force of the blast was just unbelievable. I didn't know that it caused a tsunami in the harbor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/16/2013

    " It was not as exciting as I thought it would be. It was also a little confusing to follow the different families in their tales of the event. It was interested learning about something so devastating that happened not so far from home! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/16/2013

    " A good overview of a bewildering event. Now I have to re-read Burden of Desire by Robert McNeil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/9/2013

    " I find this topic fascinating, I read an adult book on it a few years back. While I liked how the author wove the real stories through it, I also found that there were too many individual stories to keep track of well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Malys | 7/18/2013

    " I thought this book was interesting.However I felt the book was dry. it was a slow beginning. This book was interesting to learn about the Halifax Explosion, which is something I have never learned about before. It was interesting to see how real people were used the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aurora | 6/15/2013

    " Interesting story, though I think a long magazine article would have been just as good as a book. There aren't many parts I felt compelled to repeat, which is usually the line between solid nonfiction and great nonfiction for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 4/14/2013

    " Give to disaster fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/15/2013

    " Another piece of history of which I had never heard. Very well written and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Looby | 11/20/2012

    " Great non-fiction on the Halifax Explosion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avan | 10/15/2012

    " I knew nothing about this incident. I devoured the book and have shared it with my family. Even my dad read it, and he seldom reads books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/7/2012

    " A strong non-fiction text for junior high or older. I had never heard of the incident that is the story of the book--but what a compelling read: The largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb. Amazing details. Some passages would work very well for mentor texts for informational writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Jackson | 8/3/2012

    " I had never heard of the Halifax Explosion, and so I learned a lot. What a very sad time in history. There are a lot of accounts in here, and at times I felt that I should be graphing what was happening to each family. I can't imagine what it must have been like for those people. "

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About the Author

Sally M. Walker—also known as Sally Fleming, Sally MacArt Walker, and Sally Macart Walker—is an American writer of nonfiction for children. She is best known for he books on scientific subjects such as Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth or Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Walker is also known for her Spanish-English bilingual books, such as La Luz/Light and La Electricidad/Electricity.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.