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Into the Blizzard: Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978

(True Rescue #3)

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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 hour,

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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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Barbara
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 ...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, its 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 ...more
Ann
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
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Christine
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 ...more
Rebecca
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
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Mary
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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.
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Pamela
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.
Kennedy
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.
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Adventure is the theme that runs through most of my books, from outdoors titles (The Connecticut River from Source to Sea, Exploring the Hidden Charles) to fiction (Until I Have No Country) to nonfiction sea rescues (Overboard! A Storm Too Soon, Rescue of the Bounty).
One of my current adventures is waiting to see if Disney will begin filming a movie-length version of the Coast Guard rescue book
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