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Into the Blizzard: Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978 [Young Readers Adaptation]

(True Rescue #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  19 reviews

A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours.

In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hou

Kindle Edition, Young Readers Adaptation, 263 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Ms. Yingling
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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There are few things I like saying more than "Back during the blizzard of '77..." because it makes me feel a thousand years old. I also vividly remember a show hosted by Leonard Nimoy called In Search Of that had an episode entitled The Coming Ice Age. How things can change in 40 years! Now, global warming is much more of a threat, but for those of us who can recall having to climb out of a second story window to get out of the house to shovel the front door open (okay,
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Into the Blizzard by Michael J. Tougias, 244 pages. NON-FICTION. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2019. $20.

Language: PG (6 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content PG; Violence: PG



Subtitled “Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978,” this story chronicles the courage and selfless sacrifice of those shipmen of both the U.S. Coast Guard and the men on board the Can Do. These seamen responded to a distress signal from a tanker, The Global Hope, just as
Aileen Dodge
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Memories brought to life.

I lived in Marblehead back in the winter of 1978. And while the tail end of this storm was hitting, I was stuck in the Tar and Feather pub and restaurant for the night. There was a group of I think 15 people from staff to customers. We all just stayed in the pub until someone came the next morning and dug us out. It was really something trying to walk home that morning. I remember watching a friend try to walk over a snowdrift and when she got to the top she disappeared.
This one was a 3.5 for me, and I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be riveted by it. This edge-of-the-seat true rescue story is filled with details about heroism amid a natural disaster. The suspense sneaks up on readers as they might not realize at first the impact a blizzard has on ships trying to move through the sea. In this case, the blizzard of 1978 pounded the coast of Massachusetts and several seaport towns. When Global Hope, an oil tanker, signaled that it needed help, the Coast Guard r ...more
Laura Gardner
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like the other books in the True Rescue series, Into the Blizzard details a dangerous situation involving brave individuals fighting for survival on the open sea. In this case, it’s the blizzard of 1978 and a foreign oil tanker has radioed for help. The Coast Guard responds immediately by sending out two lifeboats, but both soon get into trouble. Captain Frank Quirk of the Can Do and his four person crew, all of them civilians, attempted to rescue all the imperiled ships, but the blizzard soon p ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is part of the True Rescue Series and has been adapted by the author Michael Tougias. He writes numerous books about the U.S. Coast Guard and this is a true story from the Great Blizzard of 1978 set off the coast of Massachusetts.
In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard resc
As the blizzard of 1978 slowly crept across the Ohio Valley and up the Northeast corridor, fishermen secured their vessels, townspeople prepared to hunker down, and everyone tuned into the weather scanners. For safety, the oil tanker Global Hope dropped anchor in Salem Sound, and soon after, the Gloucester Coast Guard Station received word from a shoreline observer that they were dragging the anchor, and from the captain sent an SOS that they are taking on water. Their rescue would test the skil ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the adult version of this book several years ago. When I found out that a very recent version meant for middle school and young adults had come out, I wanted to check it out. Mr. Tougias has done a fine job of adapting this exciting and tragic true story for younger readers without compromising or exaggerating any of the drama in the original. This book relates the story of the attempted rescue of the crew of the tanker Global Hope run aground in Salem, MA Sound during the height of the B ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This nonfiction book tells the harrowing tale of a monster blizzard that hit the Northeastern United States in February 1978. It specifically focuses on the Can Do, a pilot boat that set out in the blizzard to help guide a Coast Guard vessel back to safety. Although impatient readers, like myself, can do a quick Google search to find out what happens, I would encourage them to read the book first and let the book reveal everything.

Some parts of the book did frustrate me. There are numerous radi
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, middle-grade
We always enjoy Tougias' young reader adaptations of at-sea rescues. Even though, logically, you know at the outset things can't possibly end well for all involved, you're never sure who will die (or even *if* they will) and that makes for a can't-put-down, nail-biting read.

This one chronicles the attempts to help the oil tanker, Global Hope, as it flounders off the shore of Salem Sound in Massachusetts during the Great Blizzard of 1978.

The U.S. Coast Guard sends its boats and tries to send a he
marcus miller
Apr 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Reading "Into the Blizzard" reminded me of those stories you find on-line where you click countless times to get to the interesting part of the story. Just when you think you're making progress, the next click takes you to another back story reminding the reader of the respect people had for them, or reminding us of the heroism of the men on the "Can Do." In my humble opinion this would be a much better told story if about 100 pages were axed in the editing process. ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I lived in the northeast at the time this incident took place. I can honestly say that I have no memory of this. We did not have the internet and the vast amounts of news that we have today during the '70s when this happened. I will say that this was a result of someone who called "wolf" (declaring a problem when there was one) and people putting their lives on the line as a result. ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Donna Dobihal Smith
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, audio
Here's the thing. I started listening to the audio and could not get to the end of the first of five discs, the narration being so monotonous, not a nary of variation in tone. So, in all fairness, it might be a great book but the audio I cannot recommend. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I never heard about this story, well narrated audiobook, interesting story. Such bravery!
Daniel Farabaugh
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a solidly written account of the people trapped in the blizzard a sea. It was not spectacular but it was not bad either.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The record blizzard of '78 and a boat captain trying to help a Coast Guard cutter.
So sad the results.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to the Can Do. Just like Charlie Bunko's fiancee, I hoped it was going to end up ok even when all the signs pointed the other way. Overall, I thought this was great and think young readers would enjoy the adventure of the boats trying to survive. ...more
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