Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy

Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy

by Ariana Harner, Clark Secrest
     
 

Imagine being one of twenty children, ages seven to fourteen, stranded in a makeshift school bus for thirty-three hours during the worst blizzard to hit Colorado in over fifty years. The gripping narrative of Children of the Storm leads you through this haunting experience.
The morning of March 26, 1931 began with sixty-degree weather and students excitedlySee more details below

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Imagine being one of twenty children, ages seven to fourteen, stranded in a makeshift school bus for thirty-three hours during the worst blizzard to hit Colorado in over fifty years. The gripping narrative of Children of the Storm leads you through this haunting experience.
The morning of March 26, 1931 began with sixty-degree weather and students excitedly running to board Carl Miller's bus for their routine ride to Pleasant Hill School. By the time they arrived at the schoolhouses, it was dark, windy, and cold---obvious signs of a spring snowstorm. Soon after, following the teahers' orders to drive the children to a nearby home for safety, Miller lost his sense of direction in the ensuing whiteout and lodged the bus in a ditch. When rescuers found the survivors a day and a half later, the blizzard had taken its deadly toll.
The media avidly pursued the story, and the children became national and international celebrities. Ariana Harner and Clarkk Secrest have written the first comprehensive account of the tragedy, culling details from interviews, newspaper clippings, and archival documents. This is a tale of media exploitation, false heroism, lifelong heartbreak, and hard-won survival.

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Children's Literature
On March 26, 1931, a busload of students left the small rural Pleasant Hill School in Colorado. The students were being sent home early due to a freak spring storm. Unfortunately, shortly after leaving the school grounds, the bus driver became lost in the whiteout conditions. The driver and his precious passengers were then trapped in their bus during the course of the blizzard, and only one mile away from a home. Ultimately, five of the children died from the freezing cold. The survivors carried the scars of this event with them throughout their lives. The story of the bus tragedy is well written, capturing the dramatic events in a detailed, step-by-step manner reminiscent of a tragic play. Sadly, the characters in this drama were real, as was their suffering and loss. Although this is a well-developed story, the intended audience is unclear�it is really a book for adults with a particular interest in this event. It is unclear why younger readers would be motivated to read about this sad story. 2001, Fulcrum, $12.95. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck.

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ISBN-13:
9781555912758
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
03/19/2001
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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