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A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard rescue boat was in as much trouble as the tanker—both paralyzed in unrelenting seas. Enter Captain Frank Quirk who was compelled to act. Gathering his crew of four, Quirk plunged his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, into the blizzard. Perfect for fans of the I Survived series ready for a longer form account, this middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book chronicles the harrowing journey between Captain Quirk and the Coast Guard as they struggled in the holds of a radical storm. It's an epic tale of heroism and bravery at sea. Christy Ottaviano Books


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A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, A riveting true account of a rescue at sea from Michael J. Tougias, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Finest Hours. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard rescue boat was in as much trouble as the tanker—both paralyzed in unrelenting seas. Enter Captain Frank Quirk who was compelled to act. Gathering his crew of four, Quirk plunged his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, into the blizzard. Perfect for fans of the I Survived series ready for a longer form account, this middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book chronicles the harrowing journey between Captain Quirk and the Coast Guard as they struggled in the holds of a radical storm. It's an epic tale of heroism and bravery at sea. Christy Ottaviano Books

30 review for Into the Blizzard: Heroism at Sea During the Great Blizzard of 1978

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus There are few things I like saying more than "Back during the blizzard of '77..." because it makes me feel a thousand years old. I also vividly remember a show hosted by Leonard Nimoy called In Search Of that had an episode entitled The Coming Ice Age. How things can change in 40 years! Now, global warming is much more of a threat, but for those of us who can recall having to climb out of a second story window to get out of the house to shovel the front door open (okay, E ARC from Edelweiss Plus There are few things I like saying more than "Back during the blizzard of '77..." because it makes me feel a thousand years old. I also vividly remember a show hosted by Leonard Nimoy called In Search Of that had an episode entitled The Coming Ice Age. How things can change in 40 years! Now, global warming is much more of a threat, but for those of us who can recall having to climb out of a second story window to get out of the house to shovel the front door open (okay, I didn't have to, but my cousin did!), the next ice age seemed much more likely for a while. I don't remember this incident involving an oil tanker off the coast of Massachusetts, but I do have a small group of readers who like this author's True Rescue Series. I bought A storm too soon : a remarkable true survival story in 80-foot seas, but have to admit that both of these were VERY heavy going for me. There are so many people involved, and so many details about particular events, and I also found them a bit slow, despite the adventurous nature. There are a lot of Young Readers' Editions of adult fiction, and some work better than others. For readers who are really interested in the topic, these are great books, but the earnest adult concentration on the intricacies of the situation might be harder for less sophisticated readers (like me!) to connect to this title. I will purchase this for those who like narrative nonfiction, since it will circulate steadily for a long time. Plus, any time I hand it to someone, I get to say "Back during the blizzard of '77..."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one was a 3.5 for me, and I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be riveted by it. This edge-of-the-seat true rescue story is filled with details about heroism amid a natural disaster. The suspense sneaks up on readers as they might not realize at first the impact a blizzard has on ships trying to move through the sea. In this case, the blizzard of 1978 pounded the coast of Massachusetts and several seaport towns. When Global Hope, an oil tanker, signaled that it needed help, the Coast Guard This one was a 3.5 for me, and I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be riveted by it. This edge-of-the-seat true rescue story is filled with details about heroism amid a natural disaster. The suspense sneaks up on readers as they might not realize at first the impact a blizzard has on ships trying to move through the sea. In this case, the blizzard of 1978 pounded the coast of Massachusetts and several seaport towns. When Global Hope, an oil tanker, signaled that it needed help, the Coast Guard responded. But the rescue vessel it sent got into trouble, and a local man, Captain Frank Quirk took his boat, the Can Do, out into the waters to help. Relying on interviews and transcripts of messages sent to and from the various vessels, the author puts readers right in the middle of driving snow, freezing temperatures, torrential waves, and into the hearts of brave men determined to come to the assistance of others. Throughout the book, readers are sure to keep hoping that things will turn out okay for Frank and his crew even while knowing how unlikely that might be. The frustration of not being able to determine exactly where he and his boat were due to the weather conditions is made clear throughout the narrative. Par of the True Rescue Series, this book reminds readers just how courageous those individuals are who willingly risk their lives to rescue those in trouble sometimes through no fault of their own. As the book concludes, readers will also be left with a sense of sadness that none of this had to happen had the captain of the Global Hope not made a critical mistake. This story of heroism needed to be told, and I'm glad to have read it. Heroes come in all sorts of forms, and it's clear that Frank Quirk and his stalwart crew were heroes. It will be hard to forget Frank and Charles Bucko.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Like the other books in the True Rescue series, Into the Blizzard details a dangerous situation involving brave individuals fighting for survival on the open sea. In this case, its the blizzard of 1978 and a foreign oil tanker has radioed for help. The Coast Guard responds immediately by sending out two lifeboats, but both soon get into trouble. Captain Frank Quirk of the Can Do and his four person crew, all of them civilians, attempted to rescue all the imperiled ships, but the blizzard soon Like the other books in the True Rescue series, Into the Blizzard details a dangerous situation involving brave individuals fighting for survival on the open sea. In this case, it’s the blizzard of 1978 and a foreign oil tanker has radioed for help. The Coast Guard responds immediately by sending out two lifeboats, but both soon get into trouble. Captain Frank Quirk of the Can Do and his four person crew, all of them civilians, attempted to rescue all the imperiled ships, but the blizzard soon proved too dangerous for them, as well. Two more large boats come to attempt to rescue anyone they can, but visibility decreases and the storm worsens, soon all lives are in danger. Frank Quirk kept radio contact through the night with an independent radio operator, so much of the conversations were recorded and kept. Tougias draws on these conversations to emphasize the great bravery and stoicism in the face of danger that Quirk exhibited. Readers will be amazed at the conditions of the sea during the blizzard and at the fortitude of those who attempted to save the crew of a foreign oil tanker (which wasn’t actually sinking). This book reads like a thriller and will be very popular in schools that have the other True Rescue books. Readers are pulled from the action on a frequent basis to get back story on situations and characters, which interrupts the flow somewhat. In addition, the level of detail is high throughout -- I got confused on a couple of occasions and predict students will, as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is part of the True Rescue Series and has been adapted by the author Michael Tougias. He writes numerous books about the U.S. Coast Guard and this is a true story from the Great Blizzard of 1978 set off the coast of Massachusetts. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard This is part of the True Rescue Series and has been adapted by the author Michael Tougias. He writes numerous books about the U.S. Coast Guard and this is a true story from the Great Blizzard of 1978 set off the coast of Massachusetts. In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. When the Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls, they immediately dispatched a patrol rescue boat. But within an hour, the Coast Guard rescue boat was in as much trouble as the tanker—both paralyzed in unrelenting seas. Enter Captain Frank Quirk who was compelled to act. Gathering his crew of four, Quirk plunged his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, into the blizzard. Perfect for fans of the I Survived series ready for a longer form account, this middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book chronicles the harrowing journey between Captain Quirk and the Coast Guard as they struggled in the holds of a radical storm. It's an epic tale of heroism and bravery at sea. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I read the adult version of this book several years ago. When I found out that a very recent version meant for middle school and young adults had come out, I wanted to check it out. Mr. Tougias has done a fine job of adapting this exciting and tragic true story for younger readers without compromising or exaggerating any of the drama in the original. This book relates the story of the attempted rescue of the crew of the tanker Global Hope run aground in Salem, MA Sound during the height of the I read the adult version of this book several years ago. When I found out that a very recent version meant for middle school and young adults had come out, I wanted to check it out. Mr. Tougias has done a fine job of adapting this exciting and tragic true story for younger readers without compromising or exaggerating any of the drama in the original. This book relates the story of the attempted rescue of the crew of the tanker Global Hope run aground in Salem, MA Sound during the height of the Blizzard of 1978. It is a page turner for adults and kids, and a reflection upon heroism, as well as upon the consequences of a poor decision on the part of a certain sea captain. The story of the pilot boat Can Do, its crew, and their families and friends is treated with great detail and great respect throughout. I marvel that I was in Salem, MA during the Blizzard, tucked in for about two weeks while my father and I shovelled.....and shovelled.....and shovelled some more, and yet I never heard a thing about this crisis at sea going on nearby. I am pleased and impressed that Mr. Tougias followed up on a random hint that he came across about this story, then made the contacts and did the research to write it and share it before it was too late.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This nonfiction book tells the harrowing tale of a monster blizzard that hit the Northeastern United States in February 1978. It specifically focuses on the Can Do, a pilot boat that set out in the blizzard to help guide a Coast Guard vessel back to safety. Although impatient readers, like myself, can do a quick Google search to find out what happens, I would encourage them to read the book first and let the book reveal everything. Some parts of the book did frustrate me. There are numerous This nonfiction book tells the harrowing tale of a monster blizzard that hit the Northeastern United States in February 1978. It specifically focuses on the Can Do, a pilot boat that set out in the blizzard to help guide a Coast Guard vessel back to safety. Although impatient readers, like myself, can do a quick Google search to find out what happens, I would encourage them to read the book first and let the book reveal everything. Some parts of the book did frustrate me. There are numerous radio transmissions that help tell the story of what happened on the Can Do as well as other vessels, but the author does sometimes wander into speculation. I also wish the timeline was more linear, rather than jumping around not just to the past, but also to different times during the blizzard. There were more than a few times when I felt like I was rereading something that I fully remembered from just a page or two previously. These moments aside, I think middle grade readers will enjoy this book, especially fans of the I Survived series. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you are interested in anything related to the ocean, or coast guard - Id recommend. Hard to read at times due to the severity of the storm and the inevitability ending, however enjoyable writing. If you are interested in anything related to the ocean, or coast guard - I’d recommend. Hard to read at times due to the severity of the storm and the inevitability ending, however enjoyable writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Farabaugh

    This was a solidly written account of the people trapped in the blizzard a sea. It was not spectacular but it was not bad either.

  9. 5 out of 5

    PWRL

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    The record blizzard of '78 and a boat captain trying to help a Coast Guard cutter. So sad the results.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

    I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to the Can Do. Just like Charlie Bunko's fiancee, I hoped it was going to end up ok even when all the signs pointed the other way. Overall, I thought this was great and think young readers would enjoy the adventure of the boats trying to survive.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Baughman

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Williams

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin Irvine

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Coffman

  16. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Bates

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Javier Silva

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kishore

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Phelps

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie Williams

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte McGuire

  26. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Boddie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Derek

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

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