I Am Hilda Burrows: A Story of the Halifax Explosion by Sharon Gibson Palermo

I Am Hilda Burrows: A Story of the Halifax Explosion

bySharon Gibson Palermo

Kobo ebook | October 17, 2016

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Halifax, 1917 -- Hilda searches desparately for her family after the most devastating man-made explosion in history at the time.

'I Am Hilda Burrows' won first prize over 243 entries in a Canada-wide competition of short fiction for young adults by Thistledown Press. It was first published in The Blue Jean Collection, Thistledown Press, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1992.

Title:I Am Hilda Burrows: A Story of the Halifax ExplosionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 17, 2016Publisher:Sharon Gibson PalermoLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1536527262

ISBN - 13:9781536527261


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Read The vivid imagery evoked by the author's words bring to life the horrific events of the Halifax Explosion. The conflict that Hilda feels between looking for her family and getting help for herself is a central theme and we are led to understand how a young adult might have felt as her world was destroyed. Very much worth reading!
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I felt like I was there! I am Hilda Burrows by Sharon Gibson Palermo is a realistic portrayal of the immediate emotional, physical, and psychological aftermath of a horrific event. The author's focus on one young girl, as she gradually grasps the implications of what has happened, allows the reader to experience the moments after the Halifax Explosion along with Hilda. We are caught up in the same confusion, and the same desperate need to know about her family. The story does not spare the reader; true depictions of human mutilation will allow young readers to glimpse the power and tragic consequences of the historic event. Parents and teachers will find lots to talk about with young readers - from the historic details, to the many acts of human kindness, to Hilda's ability to overlook her nudity in her desperate efforts to rescue a survivor. A thoroughly gripping read and a story that enlightens the young reader about a significant event in Canadian history.
Date published: 2017-11-21