'Children of the Storm: The True Story of The Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy' by Ariana Harner & Clark Secrest
For anyone who enjoys Colorado or prairie history, this is another example of the danger children of the early days faced from the elements. Trapped for thirty-three hours on a school bus stuck in a ditch, twenty children and their adult driver, endured freezing temperatures, no heat, no food or water, snow blowing inside their shelter from cardboard covered windows and one broken one, during a harsh spring blizzard. Five of the children died as did the driver when he went to seek help. Events after they were rescued were almost as hazardous. The 'Denver Post' owner, Bonfils, exploited the survivors, trotting them around the city for the curious and as a showy good deed. Also recorded are the medical details, the pilots who helped fly the children to the hospitals, doctors who braved the elements to come and help, and the aftermath that each child had to endure for the rest of their lives. Included is a brief summary of their lives, a list of their children, grand- children and great-grand children, and notes that were not included in the story. A gripping true Colorado tail that deserves to be read and a reminder of what those before the current generation have endured.