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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker

Blizzard of GlassSally M Walker has a story to tell. Truth is stranger than fiction.  She uses primary sources to expose the unbelievable events of the explosion on December 6, 1917 in Halifax Harbour.  A ship was loaded with much needed war supplies.  TNT, benzene, gin cotton and picric acid were all on the same ship.  I couldn't believe what I was reading.  Within twenty-four hours, this compelling story involves explosions, fires, a tsunami and a snow blizzard.  This had been the largest man-made explosion in the history of mankind up to that time.

Sally M. Walker incorporates science, history and humanity naturally.  Sally M. Walker shows how children had to make instant decisions.  Because of the time and day of the explosion, most children were separated from their families.  Sally M. Walker gets the big picture; she doesn't end with the devastation. The details of recovery and kindness I will never forget due to the expertise of Sally M. Walker.

* 2014 Rebecca Caudill Nominee *

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