Literature 151: Talking with Authors: Melanie Benjamin, The Children’s Blizzard

Grades: 6 - 12

The Children’s Blizzard, from bestselling author Melanie Benjamin comes a story of courage on the prairie. Inspired by oral histories of survivors, this is the story of a devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, taking the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren in The Children’s Blizzard. This is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today, because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country. Talking with Authors offers compelling one-on-one interviews with authors in a wide variety of genres writing about a wide variety of subjects.