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The Children's Blizzard
The Children's Blizzard
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Children forced to grow up too soon after families are torn asunder by a ferocious storm... 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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399182280
ISBN-10: 0399182284
Publication Date: 1/12/2021
Pages: 268
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 26
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confuzzledbooks avatar reviewed The Children's Blizzard on + 482 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
On an unusual day in the Dakota territories in January of 1888 a blizzard strikes. Two teenage sisters who are also school teachers in different towns are tested beyond their measures to keep their students safe. One will succeed and one does not. Another young woman, a servant, hopes for love to reign in the disaster. All based on a sad true story that has betrayal, death, and hope.

I love Melanie Benjamin's historical fiction because she seems to be able to jump into each character's mind so easily. The characters' emotions feel true and their reactions to things that happen just make sense.

This book did jump around to the 3 or 4 characters often. I did get confused about which sister was which. I think that is just me. I have horrible short-term memory and names don't stick in my head.

I will continue to read Mrs. Benjamin's books because I love them. She has a new one called California Golden either out now or soon. I look forward to it and future releases.
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aprillynn avatar reviewed The Children's Blizzard on + 74 more book reviews
2.5 stars, it was okay. There were too many characters with unbelievable behaviors and the story jumped from so many POVs. Loosely based on an actual blizzard of 1888 which hit the plains and killed many school children. Thankful for modern weather reporting and conveniences we take for granted.
t/w: child death
njmom3 avatar reviewed The Children's Blizzard on + 1361 more book reviews
The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin tells a fictionalized account of a deadly storm that hit the plains states in 1888. Within the context of this storm, this book paints a picture of a time and a place. Ultimately, the book is also the story of women and the men in their lives. Given the wide net the book casts, there are a lot of characters and stories and a bit too much going on.

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