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On April 14, 1935 in Boise City, Oklahoma, the sky turned black as a massive, swirling cloud of dust engulfed the city. “It got so dark that you couldn’t see your hand before your face,” remembered one farmer. Blinded drivers drove their cars off the side of the road. Terrified cows spun in circles. People covered their faces, gasping for breath. This was one of many dark days during the Dust Bowl. Sick Soil: The Dust Bowl traces the tragic story of the devastating dust storms that swept across the Midwest in the 1930s as a result of over-farming and drought. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF051160
Genre Nonfiction, Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Eco-Disasters
Language English
Number of Pages 32
ISBN 9781684022236, 9781684022779, 9781684023318
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 973.917
Dimensions 8 x 10
ATOS Reading Level 5.5
Guided Reading Level T
Lexile Reading Level 900
Author Kevin Blake
 

School Library Journal Review of Eco-Disasters

Gr 4-6–A dramatic introduction sets the scene of each event, followed by short chapters that describe it from start to finish or to its current status, with an emphasis on its immediate and continuing human costs. Each book clearly states who or what was responsible for the disaster, and discusses restitution or lack thereof to victims, as well as the ongoing or long-term detrimental effects. “Fixing the Future” sections detail continuing cleanup efforts or measures to prevent future calamities….VERDICT: This set will help readers understand the myriad large-scale ecological disasters that can happen and their lasting human and societal costs. A solid purchase.

Author/Illustrator biography
Correlations
Glossary of key words
Index
Online learning supplement
Sources for further research
Table of contents
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs