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The children's blizzard : a novel  Cover Image Book Book

The children's blizzard : a novel / Melanie Benjamin.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399182303
  • Physical Description: 366 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2022.

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General Note:
Includes A book club guide and discussion questions.
Summary, etc.:
The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats, leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At just the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn't get lost in the storm? Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers, one who becomes a hero of the storm, and one who finds herself ostracized in the aftermath.
Subject: Blizzards > Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
Women teachers > Fiction.
School children > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Blizzards > Fiction.
Immigrants > Fiction.
Journalists > Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Dakota Territory > Fiction.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Riverside Regional.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Riverside Regional-Benton F BEN (Text) 30000005537596 Adult Fiction Available -

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