Laura's Reviews > Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Blizzard of Glass by Sally M. Walker
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Dec 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, middle-grade, nonfiction
Read in December, 2011

I had never heard of the Halifax Explosion, which was the largest man-made explosion until atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Sally Walker takes us through the events that led to the explosion and traces the story of several families affected by the day's events. The primary source documents and objects were used to full effect in describing the explosion. The story itself was interesting and the narrative easy to follow. The follow up and recommended resources are helpful for students or teachers wanting to know more.

I didn't feel overly attached to the various people in the story -- there were a lot of characters. Although several family trees were included at the front of the book, I still had a hard time keeping track of each person. The narrative and the explosions effect on the city kept me reading more than knowing about the families and victims.

Recommended for grades 5 - 8.

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