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I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888

I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2018
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
Eleven-year-old John Hale has already survived one brutal Dakota winter, and now he's about to experience one of the deadliest blizzards in American history. The storm of 1888 was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into America's midwest without warning. Within hours, America's prairie would be buried under ten feet of snow. Hundreds would be dead, thousands terrified and lost and freezing.

John never wanted to move to the wide-open prairie. He's a city kid, not a tough pioneer! But his inner strength is seriously tested when he finds himself trapped in the blinding snow, the wind like a giant crushing hammer, pounding him over and over again. Will John ever find his way home?

I found I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 particularly interesting because it takes place in my area and I read it on the day of an April blizzard. Like in the book, the temperature rose to 50-60 degrees, and then the next day the winds picked up and it rained, hailed, rained, sleeted and then began to snow. It’s not an easy place to live and this book made me so grateful for modern conveniences! Children will enjoy it, too because it has a lot of action and perilous situations. Overall, this is one of the best I Survived books in the series (and it was fun to see an organization in my town thanked in the back of the book!)

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