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From The CriticsAnna's Blizzard by Alison Hart depicts the struggles faced with living on the prairie during a harsh winter. The main character, Anna, loves the prairie and would rather tend to her sheep than to her arithmetic and reading lessons. Anna uses her knowledge of living on the prairie and tending to her sheep and horse to lead the children of the one-room school to safety during a life-threatening blizzard. Hart weaves the theme of nature versus man throughout this historical fiction book. For example, a blinding snow storm traps the children in the school, forcing them to eat crumbs left over from lunch, boil snow for water, and huddle together for warmth. Their hopes of making it through the night vanish when the roof caves in due to the weight of the heavy snow. Despite all physical obstacles the blizzard brought, Anna uses her courage to bring the children to safety. 2005, Peachtree Publishers, 141 pp., Ages young adult.