Blizzard of Glass

The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Sally M. Walker

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On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and the other 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.

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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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"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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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

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

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February 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250040084
ISBN10: 1250040086
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
6 1/8 x 8 inches, 160 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout/Questions for the author/Source notes/Selected bibliography/Index
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$12.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
November 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805089455
ISBN10: 0805089454
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches, 160 pages, Black-and-white photographs
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 1100LL

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
November 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466805101
ISBN10: 1466805102
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 160 pages, Black-and-white photographs
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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