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Blizzard! by Jim Murphy

With his powerful and intriguing narrative style, Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy tells the harrowing story of the Blizzard of 1888. Available for the first time in paperback.

Snow began falling over New York City on March 12, 1888. All around town, people struggled along slippery streets and sidewalks — some seeking the warmth of their homes, some to get to work or to care for the less fortunate, and some to experience what they assumed would be the last little snowfall of one of the warmest winters on record. What no one realized was that in a very few hours, the wind and snow would bury the city in nearly 21 inches of snow and bring it to a ferocious standstill.

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ISBN-13: 9780590673105
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 181,644
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

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Blizzard 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
adb3301 More than 1 year ago
Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy recounts the events leading up to, during and after the historic blizzard of 1888 that violently hit the east coast. This informational chapter book is appropriate for young and old readers. Murphy gives insight as to how people lived to give a better understanding of the impact this historic storm had. He also recounts personal stories of survivors and people that lost their life. He explains how this storm changed the way storms are viewed and handled. Many lessons were learned from this event. It created improvements from anti-littering laws to the subway systems just to name a few. You don't have to like history to appreciate this book. Adb3301
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In March of 1888 there was a devastating blizzard that struck north eastern end of the U.S. Jim Murphy describes the destruction and isolation during the three day long blizzard with first-hand accounts. Murphy brings to life with this book the effects of the storm and hardships people had to overcome. Not only does Murphy depict the adversary that people had to conquer because of the storm but he also conveys the time and age of the U.S. and our ignorance of weather. Murphy also lays the setting with portrayals of the homeless and the difference between how the storm affected the city people and people in the rural areas. The blizzard of 1888 was the reason some ordinances city that we have today were put into place. In "Blizzard" there is an account where horses and people were getting tangled and electrocuted by down and dangling power lines. Now, it is law that all power lines in a city or downtown area must be placed underground, not only to save lives but to keep communications going in case of another destructive storm. "Blizzard" also allows the reader to see how price gouging caused some people to go into starvation and endure freezing temperatures due to the price of food and coal's continuous rise. Murphy is allowed these first-hand accounts with the help from letters of survivors of the blizzard of 1888, as well as newspaper articles, and memoirs from business owners, and very upper-class citizens.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The author really sets the stage from the start and keeps the pace thru the entire book I really felt as if I got a true glimpse of what life was like in 1888 when this great blizzard hit the east coast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! When I first saw it, I said to myself, 'Yeah. Sure. This is just going to be one of those boring Non-Fiction books again.' When I read it, I was like, WOW! I just couldn't put it down!