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With blinding clouds of dust blanketing the Great Plains like a raging Black Blizzard, the 1930s Dust Bowl crippled America’s farmers, destroying their land and homes. In vivid narrative detail, Dust Bowl!: The 1930s Black Blizzard retells the compelling stories of the displaced farmers who struggled through the worst and longest drought in U.S. history. Young readers will discover the causes of droughts and dust bowls, and learn about advances made to prevent dust storms today. Gripping four-color photos, maps, and a diagram of a dust storm are guaranteed to capture students’ attention.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2005
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series X-treme Disasters That Changed America
Language English
ISBN 9781597160070
Title Format Reinforced book
Dewey 363.34'929
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Guided Reading Level Q
Lexile Reading Level 660
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 4.3
AR Quiz Number 86421
Author Richard H. Levey
  • 2006 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2006
  • 2006 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Book, 2006

Dust Bowl

This new series has a melodramatic name—X-treme Disasters That Changed America—but the writing is solid and the format open and inviting. Starting with Black Sunday, the day a black storm cloud of dirt raced across the Great Plains, Levey does an excellent job of explaining the physical properties of the dust storms that destroyed the country’s midsection as well as the psychological hardships that the blizzards left in their wake. He manages to do all this in short, relatively simple sentences that are bolstered by an attractive, accessible design. Interesting, crisply reproduced photographs, sometimes laid out to resemble an album, appear in both black-and-white and evocative sepia tones. A glossary, a bibliography, and a list of Web sites are appended. One of the best series to come along recently, X-treme Disasters also includes such titles as Earthquake! The 1906 San Francisco Nightmare, and Tornado! The 1974 Super Outbreak.

Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs