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The Halifax Explosion (JR)

Surviving the Blast That Shook A Nation

by (author) Joyce Glasner

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2007
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2007
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4


On a tragic day in December 1917, two boats collided in Halifax Harbour. One of them caught fire and then exploded with a massive bang. It was the largest man-made explosion ever experienced to that point. Buildings and homes in Halifax and nearby Dartmouth were instantly destroyed. Windows were shattered up to 100 kilometres away. At least 1,900 people lost their lives that day.

About the author

Joyce Glasner lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Articles on gardening, travel, and the arts have appeared in a variety of publications. Her first book, The Halifax Explosion: Surviving the Blast that Shook a Nation was published by Altitude in 2003.


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Librarian Reviews

The Halifax Explosion: Surviving the Blast that Shook a Nation (Amazing Stories: Junior Edition)

In 1917, a boat collided with another, caught fire and exploded in the Halifax Harbour. Buildings and homes in Halifax and Dartmouth were destroyed, windows shattered up to 100 km away, and at least 1,900 people died. Contains black-and-white drawings, maps and a further reading list.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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