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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: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 war-torn 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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