Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blizzard: Colorado 1886 (Survivors Series) by Kathleen Duey and Karen Bale –ADVISABLE

Duey, Kathleen and Bale, Karen Blizzard: Colorado 1886 (Survivors Series)146 pgs Aladdin, 1998 (reprint with new cover 2014). $6.99  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Maggie loves her life on her families Rocky Mountain ranch, its hard work but she is interested in nature and never bored. Haydn, her cousin, is a bit snobby and jaded. When he comes to visit, Maggie is not happy. But things go from bad to worse as an accident turns into an argument and Hayden sets off on his own. When an epic snowstorm hits, the two children find themselves facing life threatening danger, can they pull together to save each other?
Sometimes these kinds of fast paced adventure stories can leave characters to the wayside in an effort to keep the action going, this book has a good balance of the two. The characters are easy to relate to, interesting, and the setting is fully fleshed out. This series and others that are similar are quite popular in my school library with 3rd grade and up, I like the addition of a bit of real history (some have more than others).
EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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