Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Review of Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M Walker (2011, Henry Holt)
I bought Blizzard of Glass online since I was travelling to Halifax. I’d heard about the explosion of 1917 and thought I’d try and learn more before I arrived. What I hadn’t appreciated was that it was a history book for kids. It’s a well written book that blends a straight historical narrative with the personal story of a handful of families. It provides a basic overview of the disaster and its consequences. For kids, it’s great. However, I wanted a much more in-depth analysis of the lead-up, the accident and explosion, and the effects and blame game. Basically, the book was way too thin for what I was after. Overall, then, good for what it is, but not quite what I was looking for (and my rating is based on what it is).