|Into the blizzard : heroism at sea during the Great Blizzard of 1978 (True Rescue Series)|
Author: Tougias, Mike
A riveting true account of a rescue at sea in the midst of the Blizzard of 1978 off the Massachusetts coast.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.60
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 506373
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/19)
School Library Journal (12/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/15/2019 This exciting and nerve-wracking true story adapts the author's adult title Ten Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do (2005) for young readers. It's the inspiring story of courageous pilot boat captain Frank Quirk, his crew, and other men who endured harrowing attempted rescues at sea during the blizzard of 1978. Two coast guard patrol boats responding to a distress call from an oil tanker off the Massachusetts coast find themselves in trouble due to the treacherous weather. While trying to assist the patrol vessels, Captain Frank and his crew aboard the Can Do find that they, too, are in mortal danger after their boat's radar, lights, and engines fail. Tougias bases his re-creation of the Can Do crew's thoughts and actions on input from fellow seaman and existing tape recordings of actual radio communications. Black-and-white photographs, placed mid book, complement the narrative. Readers who love disaster tales—and want to feel like they're experiencing them firsthand—will find this a compelling, well-sourced read. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 Gr 5–8—Adapted for young readers from Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do, the most recent entry in the "True Rescue" series focuses on the ill-fated Can Do. In February 1978, a freak blizzard surprised the East Coast, pounding coastal Massachusetts and the Gloucester Harbor. A distress call from Global Hope, an oil tanker, spurred the Coast Guard and a local pilot ship, the Can Do, into braving the storm. As the storm progressed, the Can Do and Coast Guard vessels found themselves in jeopardy. Quotes from eyewitnesses involved with the rescue attempts, friends, and transcripts of radio transmissions tell the story of what was ultimately a deadly rescue mission. The bravery of Frank Quirk, the captain of the Can Do, along with that of crew member Charlie Bucko, takes center stage through stories from friends and families; other members of the doomed ship and the Coast Guard vessels are not as fleshed out. Pacing in the adaptation drags and gets caught up in some lengthy side stories of people and events tangentially involved, which may not hold the interest of reluctant readers. A small collection of photographs and a glossary are included. VERDICT Purchase where Tougias's other books are popular or where other maritime adventure stories are in demand.—Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.