No Safe Harbor: The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn by Julie Lawson is an excellent addition the great Dear Canada historical fiction book series.
Charlotte Blackburn lives in the northern part of the city Halifax in 1917 with her parents, older sisters Ruth and Edith, her twin brother Duncan, and their dog, Kirsty. Charlotte's older brother Luke is fighting overseas in France during World War I. Charlotte describes to her diary her relatively normal life, worrying about her brother, until the day becomes Thursday, December 6, 1917. A burning ship, the "Mont-Blanc," ramming into another ship, the "Imo," causes a massive explosion, completely destroying the northern half on Halifax, killing 2000 people. The black ball of smoke could be seen from over a hundred miles away. Charlotte, not as injured as other people, begins her desperate search---after being released from a crowded hospital---to find Duncan, after the rest of her family is killed.
This entry in Dear Canada has now easily become one of my most favorites in the series. Charlotte's story is heart-wrenching, saddening, and tear-jerking. But it is also uplifting. Julie Lawson beautifully narrates the sad story of the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and brings it to life in this wonderfully well-written story of an innocent young girl.