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A Blinding Light
By author: Julie Lawson
Selling Points: guilt, blame, World War I, history, Halifax Explosion, prejudice
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Pub Date: Apr/01/2018
Pages: 256
Fiction Ages 9-12
Price:  $14.95
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The First World War is raging, and anti-German prejudice is rampant. Maddie and Will Schroeder are mourning the loss of their father, but their German heritage doesn't merit much sympathy.

On the morning of December 6, there's a flash of light, then thunder underground: the Halifax Explosion hits. Instantly, the city is unrecognizable. Lost in the destroyed city, how will the siblings find each other?

Exploring concepts of guilt, blame and the divide between locals and immigrants, A Blinding Light will hold readers spellbound. Teachers and parents will find plenty of topics for discussion in the book's historical and cultural lessons.


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