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  • ISBN: 9780399182280
  • ISBN: 0399182284
  • Physical Description: 351 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2021]

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Draws on oral histories of the Great Plains blizzard of 1888 to depict the experiences of two teachers, a servant, and a reporter who risk everything to protect the children of immigrant homesteaders.
The 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. At the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard struck without 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 storm. Based 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. -- adapted from jacket
"They came on boats, on trains, great unceasing waves of them-the poor, the disenfranchised, the seekers, the dreamers. Second and third generations of farmers eking out an existence on scraps of farms divided up among too many sons. Political agitators no longer welcome in their homelands. Young men fleeing conscription in a king's army. Married couples starting out. Bachelors from towns with few women. The poor in tenements with air so stifling and foul there was no room to breathe, let alone dream. Come to Nebraska! Dakota Territory! Minnesota! Come to the Great Plains of America!"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Blizzards > Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
Pioneers > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Immigrants > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
Dakota Territory > History > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
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