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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library CD TALKING BOOK BEN (Text) 33500013342258 Main Checked out 04/12/2021
Moorhead Public Library CD TALKING BOOK BEN (Text) 33500013342266 Main Checked out 04/28/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525492764
  • ISBN: 0525492763
  • Physical Description: 9 audio discs (11 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from container.
Compact discs.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Cassandra Campbell.
Summary, etc.:
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 just 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 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, this gripping 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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
    Life is hard on the prairie in 1888, and the children who are attending the one-room schoolhouses know what it's like to work and play hard under impossible conditions. But no one is prepared when a warm January day suddenly becomes a vicious blizzard. The school teachers are little more than children themselves and find themselves tasked with leading little ones to safety. Many of the characters are Scandinavian or German, and reader Campbell does a fine job of fielding their accents. The children facing these horrible circumstances sound young and so brave. Benjamin delves into the biting winds, stinging sleet, and loss of direction that the children face as they head toward home. Families mourn lost loved ones; survivors deal with their guilt. The details are heartbreaking, and the action is steady. Campbell reads with an even pace that meshes nicely with the slowly growing drama. Rich in detail and filled with emotion, this is a poignant look at a harsh time. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of Mistress of the Ritz, The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator's Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.

Subject: Teachers > Fiction.
School children > Fiction.
Blizzards > Fiction.
Immigrants > Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life > Dakota Territory > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Sagas.
Frontier and pioneer life.
School children.
United States > Dakota Territory.
Genre: Audiobooks.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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