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Blizzard of Glass

The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Sally M. Walker

Square Fish

On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia, Canada. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and the other 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.
On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbor in Nova Scotia, Canada. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and the other 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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Blizzard of Glass
1A STORY TO TELLHALIFAX, THE LARGEST CITY OF Nova Scotia, Canada, has a story to tell. Fourteen bells in a memorial tower ring part of the tale. In the city hall clock tower, the locked-in-place hands on the clock that faces north freeze a moment of the story, left as it was on that long-ago day. A museum containing grim reminders and libraries filled with age-old pages share more. The people of Halifax add chapters to the story each time they speak the memories of those who lived--and died--at that time. Old scars are hidden by sturdy stone houses, and tall trees line remade
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Praise for Blizzard of Glass

"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
"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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Sally M. Walker

  • Sally M. 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.
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Blizzard of Glass

The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Sally M. Walker

American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master L, ME Cream of the Crop Master List, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List
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