The First World War is raging, and anti-German prejudice is rampant. Maddie and Will Schroeder are mourning the loss of their father, but their German heritage doesn’t merit much sympathy. On the morning of December 6, there’s a flash of light, then thunder underground: the Halifax Explosion hits. Instantly, the city is unrecognizable. Lost in the destroyed city, how will the siblings find each other? Exploring concepts of guilt, blame and the divide between locals and immigrants, A Blinding Light will hold readers spellbound. Teachers and parents will find plenty of topics for discussion in the book’s historical and cultural lessons.
Julie Lawson is the award-winning author of many books for young people. Her three novels for the popular Dear Canada series have been acclaimed by readers of all ages. Her book No Safe Harbour, also about the Halifax Explosion, won the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. Julie’s grandfather was a patient in a Halifax hospital on the day of the Halifax Explosion, and writing these books allowed her to delve into the history behind many of the stories she heard as a child. Julie currently lives on the west coast of Canada. For more information, visit www.julielawson.ca.