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Grade 4-6-An intriguing time-travel adventure. On a farm in Minnesota in 1940, Janis's father decides that her beloved pony must be put down because of its failing eyesight. Then, on her way home from school, Janis is lost in a fierce blizzard and must depend on the horse to lead her home safely. Meanwhile, modern sixth graders Warren and Betsy utilize the Instant Commuter device to travel back in time to observe the 1940 Armistice Day snowstorm as research for a school assignment. Their machine can access any time or place, but is not always reliable. The two story lines come together in the middle of the blizzard as the time travelers risk their chance of return to rescue Janis's little sister, who has wandered out alone into the storm. The book maintains a high level of suspense throughout, and the two plot threads are seamlessly woven together. The historical aspect is particularly well developed. The blizzard scenes are described with chilling accuracy and the characters' emotional reactions are both realistic and moving.
Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 4^-6. Science and historical fiction blend in Kehret's second natural-disaster story for middle-grade readers. Sixth-graders Warren and Betsy secretly take the Instant Commuter time machine back to November 11, 1940, Minnesota, to research the worst blizzard of the century. In 1940, 12-year-old Janis fears her father will put her horse Pansy down while she is at school. When the weather worsens and school ends early, Janis must struggle home through blinding snow, unaware that her father has abandoned his search for her, unhitching Pansy to find her way home as well. Then the Instant Commuter freezes up, and Warren and Betsy are stranded, too. Although the plot is predictable--Pansy rescues Janis, the resourceful kids thaw the time machine just in time, and their fire saves Janis' little sister--the researchers have material for a wonderful narrative report, and although readers may wonder how Janis, clad only in a sweater, manages to survive, the story is fast paced and exciting. Chris Sherman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This book is science fiction, yet the time travelers from 1998 do not interact with the historical characters from 1940 Minnesota until the last two of the 15 chapter in the book. Read morePublished on April 10, 2001 by Keith E. Rhoades
I like The Blizzard Disaster because of the character, Wonderful. I couldn't put the book down! It was so good! I recommend it.It is kind of a Mystery. Read it today!Published on November 10, 1998
This book is very interesting.Did you know it takes you back in time? Blizzard Disaster is a long book.I love long books.I like spellbinding books. Read morePublished on November 10, 1998
I liked the Blizzard Disaster. I like the characters Janis, Ellie, Warren, Betsy, Pansy, and Jupiter. Peg Kehret books are good! Read morePublished on November 3, 1998
I think that it was very sad because Janis and Pansy might have to lose some body parts because of frost bite. But what I like is when they are safe from the blizzard. Read morePublished on November 3, 1998
I liked the part of the book when Ellie said, "but he grew a new tail!" I liked the part where Pansy saved Janis's life. I am going to read the volcano book next. Read morePublished on November 3, 1998