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DuBois Public Library FIC BENJAMIN (Text) 61000100055835 Adult Fiction Checked Out 05/22/2021
Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library FIC BENJAMIN (Text) 39636100422928 Adult Fiction Available -
  In memory of Laura Wingard presented by Randy Bartell.
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  • ISBN: 9780399182280 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0399182284 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 351 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2021]

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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 heavy coats - leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with an impossible decision: 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 storm. Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers - one becomes the hero of the storm and the other finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It's also the story of Anette Pederson, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. It was Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured northern European immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land. Boosters needed them to settle territories into states, and they didn't care what lies they told these families to get them there - or whose land it originally was. At 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 country.
Subject: Blizzards > Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Immigrants > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Pioneers > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.

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