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Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Spring 2012 Non-Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Sally M. Walker
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8945-5
Hardcover Price: $18.99

Prior to the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, the greatest manmade explosion the world had ever known occurred in Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, on Dec. 6, 1917. The French ship, Mont-Blanc, had been refitted in Brooklyn, New York, and loaded with 2,925 tons of explosive materials to be used by France and the allies - including the United States, which had entered the war in April, 1917. When also loaded with a million tons of coal to power the steam engine, the Monte Blanc was too slow to join a convoy of ships sailing from Brooklyn to Europe. Needing the protection of a convoy against German U-boats, harbor authorities urged Aime Le Medec, the captain, to sail up the coast to Halifax to join a larger convoy arranged by the Royal Canadian Navy. Another ship, Imo, was in Halifax Harbor refueling on its way to Brooklyn to be loaded with relief supplies for Belgium. Having spent the night a few miles apart in the harbor, the ships began their journeys in opposite directions in the morning. Through a series of errors, while trying to avoid other ships, the two ships collided and the Mont-Blanc began burning. It ultimately exploded at 9:05 AM. The blast killed nearly 2,000 people, injured multitudes, and flattened large areas of Halifax.

In a granddaddy of disaster stories, the author engages readers through the stories of families and children caught in the calamity. The aftermath of the explosion is clearly explored and is indeed heart-rending history.

Kemie Nix   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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