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Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America (edition 2006)

by Jim Murphy

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Title:Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America
Authors:Jim Murphy
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2006), Paperback, 144 pages
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RGG: Account of the 1888 Blizzard is a fun, exciting read. The final chapter with the lasting changes due to the effects of the blizzard makes this more than just a good adventure story. Reading Level: 10-14; FP: U-W.
  rgruberexcel | Jan 5, 2014 |
This is a juvenile nonfiction book about the blizzard of 1888 that hit the East coast of the USA. Two storms met up and hit New York. The National Weather Service said that the storm coming from Minnesota was weakening and the one from the south would likely go out to see and then they went home for the weekend. What they learned from this storm changed America's transportation system, weather system and snow removal among other things. It was not the worst storm but it had a great effect. This was written for probably middle school aged children. I listened to the audio because it was available through overdrive. It was easy to follow, read by Taylor Mali who did a good job. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 16, 2013 |
Wrapp snugly in a wuilt, a young boy watches from a window as a blizzard cover the earth in a blanket of snow.
this book can be find at Pierce College.
age 2/5
  xiomaragrace12 | Oct 28, 2013 |
It had been an unusually winter, so mild that Longfellow,
enjoying the warm sunshine, had just penned a poem
about dandelions. Two unusual weather patterns were about to combine and bring the East Coast to a standstill. For three days, beginning on March 12, 1888, one of the greatest blizzards in recorded American history was about
to paralyze everything.

Murphy, a Newberry Award winner, has combined the personal accounts of several individuals of different ages and social positions to bring a sense of "being there" to his account.
What made the storm even more unusual was that after having pounded the Northeast, the storm reversed course and plastered the same area again. Snow removal became impossible; trains became stuck for days, and soon
food was in short supply, prices rising commensurately
with demand. Shoveling was impossible, and soon tunnels needed to be dug to get anywhere. Sleighs could be seen moving down the street at a level with second-story windows.
Different ethnic and class groups fared differently.
Some needed money so badly and working conditions were so demanding that they walked miles in the blizzard, risking life and limb, to get to work.

There were spectacular feats of bravery and extraordinary examples of stupidity. After the storm, huge cakes of ice had formed on the river, and some bright little fellow got the idea of using a ladder to bridge the distance from shore to one of the large ice floes. He demonstrated how safe the
ice was and soon was making a mint by charging for the use of his ladder. Everything went well, with several hundred people gathering on the huge piece of ice, until the tide turned and the ice began to break up into small floes and float out to sea. Many managed to scramble ashore, but, sure enough, some refused to leave at the first signs of breakup, and they became stranded on increasingly small pieces. Finally, only one man, dressed quite nattily, remained stranded until a tug pushed its way through the ice to rescue him. The blizzard of 1888 killed some 800 people, and this does not include those who died from heart attacks or ancillary causes. The storm
changed the way the government viewed snow.

The economic hardship and losses were so substantial
that cities realized they could no longer afford to ignore snow removal. Even though 17,000 shovelers had been hired to clear streets, the task was haphazard at best. Electric lines were another problem. They had been strung on overhead poles
by numerous private utilities. Visions of live wires
snapping on mounds of snow and an electrocuted lineman hanging from a wire with blue flames coming from his mouth left indelible impressions on both citizens and politicians. Soon laws were passed requiring that wires be moved underground.

The Signal Corps, which had previously been given responsibility for weather reports, had its mandate given to a new agency, the Weather Bureau, which was also charged with
learning about what causes storms in order to better predict them. It remained a difficult task. A hurricane in Texas killed 6,000 several years later, despite predictions. Nature -- or God if you prefer to believe She actually pays attention to such things -- remains impossible to predict with complete accuracy. Storms, like life, remain
random and mysterious.

This is wonderful narrative history, seen through the eyes of numerous individuals. One gets a real sense for the ambiance of the time. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Middle-school level. A good overview of what happened to the people in the 1888 blizzard that hit the northeast--not a lot on the storm and not much information outside of NYC (which the author addresses in a note, saying that most of the written accounts came out of NYC and thus it's where the focus of his book was). I can see this grabbing middle-school boys, especially since we're currently in the middle of a winter very much like the one that this storm came out of (mild weather & little snow). So that right there could be my booktalk hook. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 30, 2013 |
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On Saturday, March 10, 1888, the weather from Maine on down to Maryland was clear and unusually warm.
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The first subway line in New York City opened in 1904 by August Belmont's Interborough Rapid Transit Company (the IRT), initially covered 22 miles and was an immediate success. Soon, it was carrying over 600,000 people a year, in rain, summer heat, and, as Alfred Ely Beach had said all along, even during snowstorms (116).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590673106, Paperback)

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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Presents a history, based on personal accounts and newspaper articles, of the massive snow storm that hit the Northeast in 1888, focusing on the events in New York City.

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