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Into the Blizzard: Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978 [The Young Readers Adaptation]

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A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard rescue boat was in as much trouble as the tanker—both paralyzed in unrelenting seas. Enter Captain Frank Quirk who was compelled to act. Gathering his crew of four, Quirk plunged his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, into the blizzard. Perfect for fans of the I Survived series ready for a longer form account, this middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book chronicles the harrowing journey between Captain Quirk and the Coast Guard as they struggled in the holds of a radical storm. It's an epic tale of heroism and bravery at sea. Christy Ottaviano Books


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A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard rescue boat was in as much trouble as the tanker—both paralyzed in unrelenting seas. Enter Captain Frank Quirk who was compelled to act. Gathering his crew of four, Quirk plunged his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, into the blizzard. Perfect for fans of the I Survived series ready for a longer form account, this middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book chronicles the harrowing journey between Captain Quirk and the Coast Guard as they struggled in the holds of a radical storm. It's an epic tale of heroism and bravery at sea. Christy Ottaviano Books

35 review for Into the Blizzard: Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978 [The Young Readers Adaptation]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus There are few things I like saying more than "Back during the blizzard of '77..." because it makes me feel a thousand years old. I also vividly remember a show hosted by Leonard Nimoy called In Search Of that had an episode entitled The Coming Ice Age. How things can change in 40 years! Now, global warming is much more of a threat, but for those of us who can recall having to climb out of a second story window to get out of the house to shovel the front door open (okay, E ARC from Edelweiss Plus There are few things I like saying more than "Back during the blizzard of '77..." because it makes me feel a thousand years old. I also vividly remember a show hosted by Leonard Nimoy called In Search Of that had an episode entitled The Coming Ice Age. How things can change in 40 years! Now, global warming is much more of a threat, but for those of us who can recall having to climb out of a second story window to get out of the house to shovel the front door open (okay, I didn't have to, but my cousin did!), the next ice age seemed much more likely for a while. I don't remember this incident involving an oil tanker off the coast of Massachusetts, but I do have a small group of readers who like this author's True Rescue Series. I bought A storm too soon : a remarkable true survival story in 80-foot seas, but have to admit that both of these were VERY heavy going for me. There are so many people involved, and so many details about particular events, and I also found them a bit slow, despite the adventurous nature. There are a lot of Young Readers' Editions of adult fiction, and some work better than others. For readers who are really interested in the topic, these are great books, but the earnest adult concentration on the intricacies of the situation might be harder for less sophisticated readers (like me!) to connect to this title. I will purchase this for those who like narrative nonfiction, since it will circulate steadily for a long time. Plus, any time I hand it to someone, I get to say "Back during the blizzard of '77..."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Like the other books in the True Rescue series, Into the Blizzard details a dangerous situation involving brave individuals fighting for survival on the open sea. In this case, it’s the blizzard of 1978 and a foreign oil tanker has radioed for help. The Coast Guard responds immediately by sending out two lifeboats, but both soon get into trouble. Captain Frank Quirk of the Can Do and his four person crew, all of them civilians, attempted to rescue all the imperiled ships, but the blizzard soon Like the other books in the True Rescue series, Into the Blizzard details a dangerous situation involving brave individuals fighting for survival on the open sea. In this case, it’s the blizzard of 1978 and a foreign oil tanker has radioed for help. The Coast Guard responds immediately by sending out two lifeboats, but both soon get into trouble. Captain Frank Quirk of the Can Do and his four person crew, all of them civilians, attempted to rescue all the imperiled ships, but the blizzard soon proved too dangerous for them, as well. Two more large boats come to attempt to rescue anyone they can, but visibility decreases and the storm worsens, soon all lives are in danger. Frank Quirk kept radio contact through the night with an independent radio operator, so much of the conversations were recorded and kept. Tougias draws on these conversations to emphasize the great bravery and stoicism in the face of danger that Quirk exhibited. Readers will be amazed at the conditions of the sea during the blizzard and at the fortitude of those who attempted to save the crew of a foreign oil tanker (which wasn’t actually sinking). This book reads like a thriller and will be very popular in schools that have the other True Rescue books. Readers are pulled from the action on a frequent basis to get back story on situations and characters, which interrupts the flow somewhat. In addition, the level of detail is high throughout -- I got confused on a couple of occasions and predict students will, as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is part of the True Rescue Series and has been adapted by the author Michael Tougias. He writes numerous books about the U.S. Coast Guard and this is a true story from the Great Blizzard of 1978 set off the coast of Massachusetts. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard This is part of the True Rescue Series and has been adapted by the author Michael Tougias. He writes numerous books about the U.S. Coast Guard and this is a true story from the Great Blizzard of 1978 set off the coast of Massachusetts. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard rescue boat was in as much trouble as the tanker—both paralyzed in unrelenting seas. Enter Captain Frank Quirk who was compelled to act. Gathering his crew of four, Quirk plunged his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, into the blizzard. Perfect for fans of the I Survived series ready for a longer form account, this middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book chronicles the harrowing journey between Captain Quirk and the Coast Guard as they struggled in the holds of a radical storm. It's an epic tale of heroism and bravery at sea. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This nonfiction book tells the harrowing tale of a monster blizzard that hit the Northeastern United States in February 1978. It specifically focuses on the Can Do, a pilot boat that set out in the blizzard to help guide a Coast Guard vessel back to safety. Although impatient readers, like myself, can do a quick Google search to find out what happens, I would encourage them to read the book first and let the book reveal everything. Some parts of the book did frustrate me. There are numerous This nonfiction book tells the harrowing tale of a monster blizzard that hit the Northeastern United States in February 1978. It specifically focuses on the Can Do, a pilot boat that set out in the blizzard to help guide a Coast Guard vessel back to safety. Although impatient readers, like myself, can do a quick Google search to find out what happens, I would encourage them to read the book first and let the book reveal everything. Some parts of the book did frustrate me. There are numerous radio transmissions that help tell the story of what happened on the Can Do as well as other vessels, but the author does sometimes wander into speculation. I also wish the timeline was more linear, rather than jumping around not just to the past, but also to different times during the blizzard. There were more than a few times when I felt like I was rereading something that I fully remembered from just a page or two previously. These moments aside, I think middle grade readers will enjoy this book, especially fans of the I Survived series. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to the Can Do. Just like Charlie Bunko's fiancee, I hoped it was going to end up ok even when all the signs pointed the other way. Overall, I thought this was great and think young readers would enjoy the adventure of the boats trying to survive.

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