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Bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tackles the Children's Blizzard of 1888 in this latest installment of the groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling I Survived series. 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 was a monster, a frozen hurric Bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tackles the Children's Blizzard of 1888 in this latest installment of the groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling I Survived series. 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 was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into America's midwest without warning. Within hours, America's prairie would be buried under ten feet of snow. Hundreds would be dead, thousands terrified and lost and freezing. John never wanted to move to the wide-open prairie. He's a city kid, not a tough pioneer! But his inner strength is seriously tested when he finds himself trapped in the blinding snow, the wind like a giant crushing hammer, pounding him over and over again. Will John ever find his way home?


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Bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tackles the Children's Blizzard of 1888 in this latest installment of the groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling I Survived series. 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 was a monster, a frozen hurric Bestselling author Lauren Tarshis tackles the Children's Blizzard of 1888 in this latest installment of the groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling I Survived series. 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 was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into America's midwest without warning. Within hours, America's prairie would be buried under ten feet of snow. Hundreds would be dead, thousands terrified and lost and freezing. John never wanted to move to the wide-open prairie. He's a city kid, not a tough pioneer! But his inner strength is seriously tested when he finds himself trapped in the blinding snow, the wind like a giant crushing hammer, pounding him over and over again. Will John ever find his way home?

30 review for I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    3.5 Stars Lauren Tarshis does a great job of bringing to life the brutal and deadly Dakota blizzard of 1888 in this I SURVIVED #16 edition.The morning seemed almost warm, 30 degrees after the freezing temperatures. Young John and Franny were ecstatic they could return to school, but later in the day, the ominous grey shadow appeared in the sky growing big and dark by the second quickly moving toward them and the school.Within hours the American prairie-land was covered with ten feet of snow with 3.5 Stars Lauren Tarshis does a great job of bringing to life the brutal and deadly Dakota blizzard of 1888 in this I SURVIVED #16 edition.The morning seemed almost warm, 30 degrees after the freezing temperatures. Young John and Franny were ecstatic they could return to school, but later in the day, the ominous grey shadow appeared in the sky growing big and dark by the second quickly moving toward them and the school.Within hours the American prairie-land was covered with ten feet of snow with deadly winds and...... "The entire building shook. The window shattered and snow and ice exploded into the schoolhouse." Cries and screams! Where is Franny?As the story continues, the storm intensifies, rescue efforts begin, but all are not successful.Another well done I SURVIVED story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    TL

    Narrator: Andrew Eiden did a good job but sometimes it was hard to hear him from my Overdrive app on the phone in the car and I had to rewind a few times (Could be just my Android but dunno.. I did have the volume boost on) to catch some things I missed. This one was a bit rough in the beginning for me but it picked up rather quickly and I was soon lost in the story. I wanted to bring everyone warm clothes, blankets, and firewood. Shivered in sympathy at the brutal cold and wind :(. I remember hea Narrator: Andrew Eiden did a good job but sometimes it was hard to hear him from my Overdrive app on the phone in the car and I had to rewind a few times (Could be just my Android but dunno.. I did have the volume boost on) to catch some things I missed. This one was a bit rough in the beginning for me but it picked up rather quickly and I was soon lost in the story. I wanted to bring everyone warm clothes, blankets, and firewood. Shivered in sympathy at the brutal cold and wind :(. I remember hearing about the Children's Blizzard though I couldn't tell you if it was because they covered it in highschool or my own reading somewhere along the way. Mysteries at the Museum brought it to my attention again with a story about a teacher who led her students to safety and then a friend on here was reading a book about it as well. This one was one of the first I put on hold when I searched for more in the series. It is hard to fathom this storm sometimes, it amazes/saddens me on all levels. The bravery of the people who survived too is inspiring. (That came out better than my tired brain let me type haha) The ending of this one as well had me tearing up (probably repeating myself in these reviews but can't help it :) ).. not sure how I would have fared in this storm. Another one I would recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    AMY

    108 pages. Another great survival story. This time a boy named John Hale is living with his family in the new Dakota Territory and has to endure a monster blizzard while he and others are at a prairie school. Lots of additional information about the historical period and other related topics at the end of the book. Kids will love this new addition. Highly recommended for Grades 4-5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mangler

    I've read several books in this series and have always enjoyed them, but this one was a pretty big disappointment. So much of the book takes place before and after the blizzard that it doesn't feel like a book about this horrible storm at all. Also, if you take the Q & A section away at the end of the book, I don't think the reader would understand just what the blizzard was and why it was such a terrible thing. The reader should be able to get that from the book itself, and it just doesn't happ I've read several books in this series and have always enjoyed them, but this one was a pretty big disappointment. So much of the book takes place before and after the blizzard that it doesn't feel like a book about this horrible storm at all. Also, if you take the Q & A section away at the end of the book, I don't think the reader would understand just what the blizzard was and why it was such a terrible thing. The reader should be able to get that from the book itself, and it just doesn't happen with this one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abel Mota

    The book "I survived The Children's Blizzard, 1888" by Lauren Tarshis is an amazing book. I recommend this book to sixth graders because the main character is around the age 11 to 13. This book tells a great story about a middle schooler who doesn't have much money. I think every sixth grade teacher should read this to their students or have their students read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    It was a good book and I like the part when him and his friends Pete, Rex, and Sven try to stop King Rattler.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I found I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 particularly interesting because it takes place in my area and I read it on the day of an April blizzard. Like in the book, the temperature rose to 50-60 degrees, and then the next day the winds picked up and it rained, hailed, rained, sleeted and then began to snow. It’s not an easy place to live and this book made me so grateful for modern conveniences! Children will enjoy it, too because it has a lot of action and perilous situations. Overall, I found I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 particularly interesting because it takes place in my area and I read it on the day of an April blizzard. Like in the book, the temperature rose to 50-60 degrees, and then the next day the winds picked up and it rained, hailed, rained, sleeted and then began to snow. It’s not an easy place to live and this book made me so grateful for modern conveniences! Children will enjoy it, too because it has a lot of action and perilous situations. Overall, this is one of the best I Survived books in the series (and it was fun to see an organization in my town thanked in the back of the book!)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    Story isn't as good as some of Lauren Tarshis' other books. The first part of the book is very slow, and not very exciting for a book meant for kids. The only part where a blizzard pops up is in between the middle and end of the book. Before that is just preparing and the kids joking about how mean there teacher is. (SPOILER) The only part that is actually exciting to read is when the boys kill King Rattler. But, overall, when the blizzard arrives, they just hide in a haystack, and it is overall Story isn't as good as some of Lauren Tarshis' other books. The first part of the book is very slow, and not very exciting for a book meant for kids. The only part where a blizzard pops up is in between the middle and end of the book. Before that is just preparing and the kids joking about how mean there teacher is. (SPOILER) The only part that is actually exciting to read is when the boys kill King Rattler. But, overall, when the blizzard arrives, they just hide in a haystack, and it is overall boring until the King Rattler part. This book really disappointing me compared to other Lauren Tarshis books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    McCaid Paul

    Loved the setting of this one! It was a great glimpse into life back in that time period. The characters all felt so real, more so than they usually do. It was very easy to get inside John's head and view the harsh prairie through his eyes. The subplots were interesting and tied together very well. The King Rattler situation added an extra layer to a packed storyline. All in all, another great installment in this series, with fleshed out characters, a vicious blizzard, and the message of hope at Loved the setting of this one! It was a great glimpse into life back in that time period. The characters all felt so real, more so than they usually do. It was very easy to get inside John's head and view the harsh prairie through his eyes. The subplots were interesting and tied together very well. The King Rattler situation added an extra layer to a packed storyline. All in all, another great installment in this series, with fleshed out characters, a vicious blizzard, and the message of hope at its core.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Levi Winkelman

    I really liked this I Survived book as I do all of them. Lauren Tarshis has a way of captivating her audience. She has a vary active imagination. She makes everything come to life. I really enjoy reading her books. She is one of my favorite authors. And The Children's Blizzard was no different. She made it come to life and I felt that I was there. I would highly recommend her I survived series to anyone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lorelai

    This book was so vivid, and awesome. The writing is absolutely fantastic, and feels so energetic. Lauren puts so much effort into all books, and the "I Survived" series can be so fantastic, but this one is my favorite so far.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Selected this book for book clubs in my classroom thus year and I think my students will love it! This has become such a popular "series" and for good reason. The author keeps you in the edge of your seat- and it is a fast, easy read for students as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Winget

    I really enjoyed this great middle grade story about the Children’s Blizzard of 1888, an event I’d never heard of. This is a quick, engrossing read, full of historical details that young (or not so young) history fans will enjoy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Mota

    The book that I read was called “I Survived the Children’s Blizzard”, By Lauren Tarshis. This book is about an 11 year old boy surviving one of the deadliest blizzards in American history. I recommended this book because it was a great book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I listened to this over a couple of days while I cleaned and ran errands. I have a lot of respect for Lauren Tarshis and her well-researched, manageable, engaging stories that get kids reading historical fiction.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deb Rankin-moore

    My eight year old grandson is reading this book. I could not believe how harrowing a story it is! I would have had nightmares reading this at age eight. Heck - I may have nightmares reading this at 66!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Brannon

    Great companion book for westward expansion for fifth graders. They would enjoy this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendopolis

    I can see why kids like these books—this one was exciting with a protagonist the reader cared about.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Luppino

    I haven't read one of these before but I get why the kids like it! It was well done and dealt hard times ans some of the issues of "settlers" also.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    My 7 year old loves these books. This one had so much suspense that it was almost too much for his sensitive soul but he was super engaged with it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Donihue

    Another wonderful adventure in the I Survived series. I really need to read more books set in this 19th century America. It's a compelling time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Blake

    i liked this book, i read this book because i like reading about history and i read this book also because i like the winter, this book was kind of sad

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann Warren

    We love this series. Handles really tough, scary events in a way kids can understand.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    The book I Survived the Children’s Blizzard by Lauren Tarshis is a book I started reading because I found it interesting. It was backed on perspective in the late 1800’s. I enjoyed reading this book because it was very surprising and had many twists in the story. This book was not the happiest story but it was a good one. It’s about a boy named John where he has to move and something so unexpected comes. I love how the author stops at a certain point and makes a break in the story to go to a dif The book I Survived the Children’s Blizzard by Lauren Tarshis is a book I started reading because I found it interesting. It was backed on perspective in the late 1800’s. I enjoyed reading this book because it was very surprising and had many twists in the story. This book was not the happiest story but it was a good one. It’s about a boy named John where he has to move and something so unexpected comes. I love how the author stops at a certain point and makes a break in the story to go to a different time or day. This book is actually part of a whole set of I survived books that are like this one but have different timelines and different plots. I do like all of the stories that Lauren Tarshis has created and I think if you read any of the books that she has wrote you would like them to. I recommend this book to people who like thrilling and adventurous stories. So if you ever want to read a book that is adventurous and thrilling I suggest you read an I survived book. Bye.

  25. 5 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. We had some pretty bad winters up there, but nothing was like the description within the pages of this book. I couldn’t imagine being a child growing up in this time period and living through this type of weather. John is an eleven year old boy that has mover from Chicago to Dakota. They are getting ready for the winter when they have an early snowfall that shakes them all into work. They realize that winter is coming early and that it is go {My thoughts} – I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. We had some pretty bad winters up there, but nothing was like the description within the pages of this book. I couldn’t imagine being a child growing up in this time period and living through this type of weather. John is an eleven year old boy that has mover from Chicago to Dakota. They are getting ready for the winter when they have an early snowfall that shakes them all into work. They realize that winter is coming early and that it is going to be a harsh one. Everyone starts to get ready for the upcoming winter. The impending cold weather that is on it’s way. No one however, is prepared for the storm that is about to hit. No one is ready for the weather change and how bad things can and will get before it is all over. John and his sister are at school when the worst storm hits. They are with their teacher and they are somewhat safe. They all have jobs, the students and everyone is helping the best they can and staying busy. Eventually three men from town show up and they help everyone into wagons and are going to get them to the local hotel to ride out the storm. A lot happens in the time they leave the school to when they are meant to arrive at the hotel. I couldn’t imagine being in their situation. I couldn’t imagine having to use quick thinking. I couldn’t imagine thinking straight when knowing there was a high possibility I wouldn’t survive the storm. I am astonished at how smart and bright all of the children in this series are. I am astonished that they had the ability to think and put things together long before their years. These books have quickly become some of my favorites. I look forward to reading the next book in the series very soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James

    I Survived, The Children’s blizzard. By: Lauren Tarshis. This story was about a 11 year old boy named John Hale, he lived in North Dakota where most of the time it snows. One day, John was heading to the schoolhouse with his 5 year old little sister Franny Hale, when franny got lost in the wheat fields. John had to look for he so that John and franny wouldn’t be late to school because if he was late, the teacher Miss Ruell would punish both of them. After a while, Franny scared him and john was I Survived, The Children’s blizzard. By: Lauren Tarshis. This story was about a 11 year old boy named John Hale, he lived in North Dakota where most of the time it snows. One day, John was heading to the schoolhouse with his 5 year old little sister Franny Hale, when franny got lost in the wheat fields. John had to look for he so that John and franny wouldn’t be late to school because if he was late, the teacher Miss Ruell would punish both of them. After a while, Franny scared him and john was worried that he wouldn’t find her ever again. Franny starts bursting out laughter and started to tear up a bit. But, dark clouds start rolling in. Then all of a sudden, a blizzard occurred, John and Franny went to go inside, but they were locked out. They had to find shelter, so they went into their barn with their animals and put blankets on top of them, the barn collapsed and John and Franny had to find new shelter. They stumbled upon their aunt and uncle in the woods. After the blizzard, they went back home and they stayed warmed. The author of I Survived, The Children’s Blizzard did very good. One thing I liked about it was that this book caught my attention. I like books that catch readers attention. One thing that I didn’t really like about this book was that every chapter leaves a cliffhanger and doesn’t explain the cliffhanger in the next chapter. Some parts of this book stuck out to me. Like when John went out to find Franny when she started running in the wheat fields away from him and he saved Franny from being late and getting punished. I would recommend this book for all the people who like real life situations.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: A deadly blizzard raged across the prairie, and eleven-year-old John Hale was trapped in a frozen nightmare. Premise/plot: John Hale is facing his second winter in Dakota territory. It may be his last if he can't outsmart a super-storm. It may be his second winter, but John Hale still doesn't feel like he belongs there; he still feels like a city boy. (His family was originally from Chicago.) He doesn't have any close friends though that may be because he distances himself from the First sentence: A deadly blizzard raged across the prairie, and eleven-year-old John Hale was trapped in a frozen nightmare. Premise/plot: John Hale is facing his second winter in Dakota territory. It may be his last if he can't outsmart a super-storm. It may be his second winter, but John Hale still doesn't feel like he belongs there; he still feels like a city boy. (His family was originally from Chicago.) He doesn't have any close friends though that may be because he distances himself from the other students. Will this storm prove he belongs? My thoughts: I believe this is the first 'I Survived..." book I've read. Perhaps if I'd read this one in elementary school I would have found it exciting, intense, compelling. Perhaps. Though the fact that it says 'I Survived' right in the title takes away some of the suspense. Readers know that John Hale couldn't possibly die right from the start. Since the suspense element was never really there for me... were there other elements that would lead me to love it? Not really. I liked John Hale well enough. I didn't dislike him. But. He is really the only character that is developed at all. Is it asking too much that at least one other member of his family--perhaps all members of his family--be slightly more developed? More attention is paid to a snake, "King Rattler," than to any member of his family or any of his classmates. Keeping it personal, the more a book includes SNAKE and SNAKE DEVELOPMENT the less likely I am to enjoy it. I have no other book in the series to compare it to. Perhaps this isn't the best in the series? Perhaps others would be more enjoyable? Perhaps I'm too adult to enjoy these?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    “A deadly blizzard raged across the prairie, and eleven-year-old John Hale was trapped in a frozen nightmare.” I Survived; The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 is a beautiful masterpiece. I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction. Give me anything Historical fiction and I will surely read it on the spot. The I Survived series in particular is made up of many children that survived historical disasters. This I Survived book is 108 pages long. It was a quick read for me, probably took me a day to finish. After I r “A deadly blizzard raged across the prairie, and eleven-year-old John Hale was trapped in a frozen nightmare.” I Survived; The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 is a beautiful masterpiece. I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction. Give me anything Historical fiction and I will surely read it on the spot. The I Survived series in particular is made up of many children that survived historical disasters. This I Survived book is 108 pages long. It was a quick read for me, probably took me a day to finish. After I read this novel, it got me interested in The Children’s Blizzard. And, WOW, people actually made houses out of mud! ***CHARACTERS*** John- John’s life is pretty dang interesting. What I really like is that even though John isn’t necessarily a real person, but someone his age actually experienced what he did. And who knows? Maybe the real kid’s name is John Hale. Oh! And how can I forget when John is looking for his little sister, Franny, in the cold? That was heart-breaking, and it got me on the edge of my seat. ***SETTING*** I ADORE the detail in the setting so much! It is just so interesting to see how people actually lived in 1888. It is even more interesting to see how young children actually survived a brutal snow storm.   In all, I really liked this book. I am sure now that I will read every I Survived novel. Lauren Tarshis’s writing is accurate and enjoyable! Five stars from me! I received this copy of I Survived; The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 from DogoBooks, this has not influenced my opinion.    

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Guay

    I am in the process of selecting books for a discerning group of young readers – an all-boys book club geared toward the early elementary age. However, I think I have found a perfect book that will keep them glued to the pages but also provide some non-fiction information as well – I Survived The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis. This is a read-aloud book club so I need to grab their attention immediately. The first chapter of this book does that with the paragraph “Ground-up ice rake I am in the process of selecting books for a discerning group of young readers – an all-boys book club geared toward the early elementary age. However, I think I have found a perfect book that will keep them glued to the pages but also provide some non-fiction information as well – I Survived The Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis. This is a read-aloud book club so I need to grab their attention immediately. The first chapter of this book does that with the paragraph “Ground-up ice raked John’s eyes like tiny claws. The furious wind pounded him, tore at him, spun him around. He felt like he was locked in a cage with a furious beast trying to rip him to pieces.” BAM – I now have their attention! Before the blizzard even hits, this story provides a glimpse of life in the vast, open plains – especially from the perspective of a young boy transplanted from the big city of Chicago. The potential of getting completely lost in a wheat field, a one-room schoolhouse that accommodates all ages, and having to provide for all your necessities are just a few of the dramatic differences between city and prairie living that our main character faces. You can see how this can lead to additional learning activities about sod houses, locust swarms infesting crops, and the role of children in providing for the family. This is a story of survival but also a story of friendship, love of family, and finding a new home. As all of the books in the I Survived series, this is an excellent way to introduce older readers to real-life events and other non-fiction material.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    In this book there is a boy named John. He and his sister, Franny, recently moved to Dacota. They owned a farm there. They had a hen, a cow, and the farm gave them wheat. One day John and his sister, Franny, were walking to school when Franny suddenly disappeared! John was now used to this. Franny was the type of person who when she found a good hiding spot she stayed there forever waiting for someone to get tricked. Eventually John did get worried about weather Franny was hiding or not and turn In this book there is a boy named John. He and his sister, Franny, recently moved to Dacota. They owned a farm there. They had a hen, a cow, and the farm gave them wheat. One day John and his sister, Franny, were walking to school when Franny suddenly disappeared! John was now used to this. Franny was the type of person who when she found a good hiding spot she stayed there forever waiting for someone to get tricked. Eventually John did get worried about weather Franny was hiding or not and turns out she was. When John found Franny they went to school together. Franny had some friends, however John had no friends. The only people he was a tiny bit friends with were three people that were the same age as him. Rex, Peter, and Sven. Rex was the leader of them three and he says he found King Rattler. King Rattler is a rattlesnake. Sure, there were lots of rattlesnakes in Dakota however King Rattler is huge! This conversation got John’s attention so he kind of eavesdropped a bit. However when the other boys noticed he was looking at them they were actually very kind and invited John to kill King Rattler with them. John agreed very quickly. Perhaps way to quickly. Soon he decided regretting his decision. But he never mentioned that to Rex, Peter, and Sven. Rex, Peter, and Sven were all very brave boys. The day of killing the rattlesnake came. John was very frightened. However that isn’t all he was worrying about. Winters in Dakota were very terrifying. Those blizzards! And soon it will be Winter and terrifying, scary, cold, blizzards will arrive...

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