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28 November 2017

Review: Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy by Ariana Harner & Clark Secrest

Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy
by Ariana Harner & Clark Secrest
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 19th, 2001 by Fulcrum Publishing
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

A story of 33 fateful hours, in which 20 children faced nature's toughest tests. 

My thoughts… 

March 26, 1931, On the remote plains of southeastern Colorado it was uncommonly warm, and residents were relieved that the troubles of winter were gone for another year, or so they thought. As the children rode the bus to Pleasant Hill School dark clouds began to form and by 9:00 the snow was blowing and coming down heavily. A decision was made to bus the children to a nearby home rather than keeping them at the one room schoolhouse that was low on supplies.

By the time the bus reached the main road, the children could not see the school behind them and the bus driver, Carl Miller, could not see beyond the windshield. He was lost. The children would spend 33 hours trapped in the school bus. Carl tried desperately to help the children stay warm, he ultimately made the decision to leave the children and try to find help. Carl and five children would die in this tragedy.

This was a sad heartbreaking story of what the children had to endure, watching their classmates freeze to death and then becoming the political and media stories. What these children went through was horrific. I did like that the author added an update on the surviving children and adults of this tragedy.



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