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The Childrens Blizzard

The Childrens Blizzard review Ù 103 The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife reveals a little known story of courage on the prairie the freak blizzard that struck the Great Plains threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders especially their childrenThe morning of January 12 1888 was unusually mild following a long cold spell warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats leaving them unprepared when disaster struck At just the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day a terrifying fast moving blizzard struck with. THE CHILDREN S BLIZZARDBY MELANIE BENJAMINIn her new book Melanie Benjamin decided to use fictional character s that a couple of them are loosely based on surrounding a real factual event The book starts out rather slow highlighting all of the propaganda that was put out in Eastern newspaper s etc about how the prairie land surrounding the states out west such as Nebraska Minnesota Dakota territory then later Montana was rich farming land to lure many Europeans and poor people from Eastern cities The Homestead Act of 1862 signed into law by President Lincoln encouraged settlement Anybody who could afford to pay the small filing fee was given the opportunity to suddenly own 160 acres of land It would automatically become owned land to whomever lived on the land for five years in a home or structure This land proved to come at the expense of the Native American s who for thousands of years had roamed this land freely relocating Native American s to reservationsThe Blizzard that took place in 1888 started out an unusually warm day after a cold and frigid spell The teacher s and children for the most part didn t have their winter jackets or other cold weather clothing and weren t dressed or prepared for this blizzard In this fictional account two sister s were teaching and their vastly different decision s about what to do with the children has devastating conseuences for their community the children and themselves One will become a heroine and the other sister will become an outcastThe further I read the I enjoyed this narrative I think fans of historical fiction will enjoy this as well I would read by this author RecommendedPublication Date January 12 2021Thank you to Net Galley Melanie Benjamin and Random House Ballantine Publishing for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review TheChildren sBlizzard MelanieBenjamin RandomHouseBallantinePublishing NetGalley

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The Childrens Blizzard review Ù 103 Ion It is Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land Boosters needed immigrants to settle territories into states and they didn't care what lies they told them to get them there or whose land it originally wasAt its heart this is a story of courage of children forced to grow up too soon tied to the land because of their parents' choices It is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today because so many of its victims were immigrants to this count. I only even became aware of The Children s Blizzard because a book blogger whose posts I follow closely a few days ago put the novel on a list of books she is looking forward to reading soon I read a considerable amount of historical fiction and I m particularly fond of writers able to immerse me completely in the period being featured I discovered that Melanie Benjamin has that particular talent back in November 2011 when I read her The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb a novel that I lost myself in for several days So I m not particularly surprised by how much I like The Children s BlizzardThe Children s Blizzard is closely based upon a real life blizzard that struck parts of Nebraska and Dakota on January 12 1888 As it turned out the storm could not have arrived at a perfect moment than it did to claim a high death toll Bitterly cold weather and a blinding snowstorm struck the area on the afternoon of a day that had begun as the first break in below zero weather settlers had seen in days Children were excited to be back in school after such a long absence and most of them along with their teachers came to school wearing clothing barely adeuate even for the light freeze they expected to face on their walk home at the end of the day Even worse the storm system arrived just as students were being dismissed ensuring that most of the blizzard s several hundred victims would be children who either froze to death on their way home or while huddled in their poorly insulated classrooms waiting for someone to rescue themBenjamin uses a cast of fictional characters to tell her story but many of the events and details she writes about are based on what she calls recorded history in her Author s Note Key characters include sixteen year old Raina and her eighteen year old sister Gerda both freshly minted schoolteachers who have moved away from home to run small schools attended by the children of farming families when those children are not needed at home as farmhands And children like Anette a little girl whose mother sold her to a farmer and his wife for a pig and a couple of chickens and Fredrik the little boy who falls madly in love with Anette even though all the other children prefer to shame her Most prominent among the adult characters are the Pedersens the couple who purchase Anette in order to exploit her free labor and Gavin Woodson the freelance newspaperman responsible for luring so many immigrants to Nebraska via the misleading ads and fake news stories he plants in newspapers all over northern Europe and America The Children s Blizzard recounts a nineteenth century American tragedy but this is a tragedy filled with heroines and heroes of all ages The biggest heroes are only children themselves including the schoolteachers forced to make life and death decisions about the dozen or so younger children entrusted to their care Some made the right decision some did not Either way those who endured and survived the blizzard would be marked by the experience for the rest of their lives The Children s Blizzard is a remarkable novel so don t miss it

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The Childrens Blizzard review Ù 103 Out warning Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions keep the children inside to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out or send them home praying they wouldn't get lost in the stormBased on actual oral histories of survivors the novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen two sisters both schoolteachers one who becomes a hero of the storm and one who finds herself ostracized in the aftermath It's also the story of Anette Pedersen a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson a newspaperman seeking redempt. I think I ve read just about every book and article on this event that I could find over the years This is the first fiction work and it is amazing It pretty much covers the horror the children and their teachers encountered when this unexpected blizzard hit them on what began as such a pleasantly warn day Such a nightmare for everyone who lived out on the prairie Just painful to read Melanie Benjamin has done justice to the event It s well written and filled with memorable characters Most importantly it introduces the event to new readers who may not ever have heard about the deadly blizzardI received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review

  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • The Childrens Blizzard
  • Melanie Benjamin
  • English
  • 06 May 2019
  • 9780399182280

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