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"I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888" by Lauren Tarshis

Age: 7-10 years

Eleven-year-old John Hale has already survived one brutal Dakota winter, and now he's about to experience one of the deadliest blizzards in American history. The storm of 1888, depicted in “I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888” (Scholastic), was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into the American Midwest without warning. South Dakota was one of several states hit hard by the blizzard, and many present-day South Dakotans have stories in their families passed down by ancestors who lived through the storm.

Lauren Tarshis is a children’s book author and editor of the children’s magazine Storyworks. Her New York Times bestselling I Survived series tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil.

South Dakota Center for the Book External
South Dakota Humanities Council

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