Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America

BLIZZARD! The Storm That Changed America is a 2000 Children's history book by Jim Murphy. It is about the Blizzard of 1888 that hit the north-east of North America, and concentrates on New York City.

BLIZZARD! The Storm That Changed America
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AuthorJim Murphy
Cover artistLeonid Gore
SubjectChildren's non-fiction, US history,
Published2000 (Scholastic)
Media typePrint (hardback)


Booklist called Blizzard "an example of stellar nonfiction."[1] and the School Library Journal wrote "The narrative is a readable and seamless blend of history and adventure adapted from extensive first-person accounts and primary news sources. .. The text is exciting without being melodramatic .. Authentic photographs, drawings, and maps that demonstrate the course of the storm, all done in the same sepia tone as the text, perfectly illustrate the book. Overall, a superb piece of writing and history."[1] In a star review Kirkus Reviews wrote "Murphy’s ability to pull in details that lend context allows him to tell this story of a place in time through the lens of a single, dramatic episode that will engage readers. This is skillfully done: humorous, jaw-dropping, thought-provoking, and chilling."[2] In a review of an audio version of the book Publishers Weekly wrote "Murphy's well-rounded information about the various circumstances that worsened the effects of the storm make the tale both more fascinating and more tragic. Mali's (Taylor Mali, the reader) steady delivery is very well suited to the material; it allows listeners time to absorb this gripping history lesson."[3]

The Horn Book Magazine stated "Murphy treats his subject with respect as he curbs the inherent sensationalism of the topic through an informal, journalistic style. To build urgency in the narrative, he creates cogent transitions from one event to another and from personal events to broader historical segments. Even with all of these connections, individual chapters stand alone, providing access for browsers and those searching for nonfiction read-alouds. Sepia-colored illustrations (archival photographs and original art from the period) reinforce the historical setting .."[4] and Voice of Youth Advocates wrote "this first annual Sibert Award honor book will appeal to both teens and adults interested in weather extremes and history."[4]

In a review for The New York Times, Mary Russell wrote "Murphy's gift for dealing with disasters .. is that he manages to make them, simultaneously, both larger than we'd thought and smaller, more human than we'd imagined."[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

2001 Jefferson Cup Award - winner[6]
2001 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People[7]
2001 Robert F. Sibert Medal - honor[8]
2010 Margaret Edwards Award - one of five titles contributing to Murphy receiving the award.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Blizzard!: the storm that changed America". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "BLIZZARD! The Storm That Changed America". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. November 15, 2000. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "BLIZZARD! The Storm That Changed America". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Reviews". Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Mary Harris Russell (November 19, 2000). "Snow Day". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jefferson Cup Award Winners before 2010". Virginia Library Association. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Environment, Energy and Ecology" (PDF). Social Education (Supplement). National Council for the Social Studies: 5. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-29. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001-present". American Library Association. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner Jim Murphy". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved November 22, 2016.

External linksEdit

Library holdings of Blizzard!