Blizzard's Wake

Blizzard's Wake

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Ever since fifteen-year-old Kate Sterling's mother died four years ago, nothing has been the same. Filled with resentment and sadness, and trying to fill the void left by her mother, Kate has shut herself off from the world and her family.

Zeke Dexter is heading home to begin a new life after completing his prison term, but he is filled with anxiety. Will anyone in his small town be able to forget his shameful past -- or the crime he committed -- and let him start anew? And if he's not welcomed at home, where else could he go?

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor weaves a taut, gripping story about grief, determination, and healing as the lives of the Sterling family and Zeke Dexter bind together. Set against the actual events of the March 1941 blizzard, Naylor's touching new period novel will be welcomed by her many fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786269877
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 08/23/2004
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and its sequels, the Alice series, Roxie and the Hooligans, and Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit

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Blizzard's Wake 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
LScrlovr20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I would have never guessed the conclusion. You can learn alot from the courage of the characters within this book. I love this book!
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How do you get over the death of your mother? Can you? Kate has to find away because her anger, guilt, and hate are eating her up. When she finds Zeke, the man who killed her mother in a drunk driving accident, with her dad and brother during the blizzard she has to decide if she can save him along with her family.
madams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kate Sterling was always a self-sufficient country girl but after her Mother was killed by a drunk driver she was forced to become the mother-figure in the Sterling home. Kate never forgave the man who stole her mother's life. So how do you help save this same man who is caught in a blizzard on her farm.TP
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, this book was pretty bad. My friend and I read this for school, and it was one of the worst books we ever read. We tried reading this together, and we were barely able to stay awake. I think that them falling in love is a horrible part, even though we havent made it that far because this book is just that horrible. I think if Edward Cullen barfed on a bunch of peices of paper it would've been a better story than this. The whole blizzard scene was almost pointless, and the author tended to ramble on about pointless stuff alot. I dont really care how much medicine he needed per second. She could've kept it simple and said once: "Okay, Kate, just do like five drops per second, okay?". I also felt that the characters personality were as dry and liveless as Lily and James Potter after they were killed. Seriously. Not joking. In my opinion, a chewed piece of gum on the bottom of a school desk is more interesting than the thirty chapters i have read.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Powerful story line. Detail descriptions of the surroundings make the story come alive. The protagonist has an emotional "twist & turn" situation happening and must come 2 grips with anger and frustration. Forgiveness is the central theme - 2 B free U need 2 forgive, free yourself, unload anger, and move forward 2 allow 4 peace 2 come.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the small lonely towns of Dakota, Zeke Dexter and Kate Sterling struggle in a difficult conflict that taunts them througout the story. As the book progresses, Kate and Zeke must both learn how to turn thier troubles into something of the past, as Kate along with her father and brother must learn to forvive and forget about the terrible murder of Kate's mother that Zeke commited. Protaining to the nonfictional events of 1941, and the suspensfull plots that grabs you to this book, Blizzard's Wake is a wonderful book that is worth reading for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Blizzard's Wake written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor there is good insite into what people had to go through during the blizzard of 1941 in Grandfolks, North Dakota. It is written in well thought out detail that really brings you into the event itself. It makes you almost able to feel the cold that the characters are feeling. I like the fact that she doesn't use real people but uses real facts that happened during this historical event. You look through the eyes of different people all in a different circumstances. Kate Sterling was stuck at home during the storm. Doc Sterling and his son Jesse were stuck in a car fifty yards away from their home. Zeke Dexter, recently released from prison for the murder of Mrs. Sterling, was walking home when the storm hit. He ended up in the car with the husband and son of his murder victim. The author tells real facts that happened during the blizzard as well as developing the story lines of the characters. The author brings in facts about the changing of wind direction from west to east and the rapidly dropping temperatures from 28 to 13 degrees. These meterogical events dramatically effected the severity of the storm on the area. The story followed the characters experiences while being stranded during the Red River Valley Blizzard of 1941, also called the Black Blizzard. The book was packed full of information and was a very enjoyable read. It captures your interest right away because it gets you involved with the characters. I strongly recommend this book ages 10 and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel with my sixth graders who hated when the period ended each day. I was accused of stopping at a cliffhanger everyday. They learned alot about forgiveness, responsibility, and a little history. ALL 98 gave it a thumbs up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
blizzard's wake is about zeke and kate. zeke killed kate'smother ann when drunk driving. kate will never forgive even though he is living with her, her dad,and brother. what will she do?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought that the book was rather predictable and long did it really need for kate 2 get over her mom's death? it lingered too long over that plot and didn't really move on to any thing else. from the back of the book, i was excited to read it, but was then disappointed in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a teenagers struggle to forgive. Several years ago Kates mother was killed by a drunk driver named, Zeke Dexter. When Zeke gets out of prison early and comes back to town Kate has horrible thoughts about him. Trying to follow Kates journy of forgiveness for both Zeke and herself kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was very good. I wondered if Kate would every forgive Zeke for what he did, and I didn't find out in till the end. I was a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was actually rather disappointed with this book. I have read from Naylor's stock pile before and this book really didn't live up to my expectations. I thought it was rather predictable...the girl has some feelings of her own to get rid of before she can forgive this man, which is understandable, it's just..I don't know, I didn't like it. It was hard for the book to keep my intrest. Extremely dissapointing when you've read a few of her books before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. It's really a good story and it kept you guessing untill the end. I also loved it because I'm from North Dakota and I knew about all the placed they talked about. If you're from ND you will ove this book even more.