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Dear Canada: No Safe Harbour: The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1917 Hardcover – Jan 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada (Jan. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439969301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439969307
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 19.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

JULIE LAWSON's own grandfather was hospitalized in Halifax at the time of the explosion. He recalled the nurses running so quickly to tend to the wounded, "you could see their ankles" — a rare thing in 1917. Lawson is the award-winning author of Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel, as well as many other picture books and novels for children. Her best known are White Jade Tiger, Fires Burning, A Morning to Polish and Keep, Kate's Castle and Too Many Suns, as well as the Scholastic picture book, Whatever You Do, Don't Go Near That Canoe!


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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.

Highly recommended!
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Another excellent book in the Dear Canada collection. I buy these books for my granddaughters, but read them first myself and just can't put them down. It's a wonderful way to learn about Canadian history. Unfortunately, the school curriculum includes very little about "recent" Canadian history, such as the Halifax explosion. These stories need to be preserved for future generations and these books offer an excellent opportunity for us to do this. All historical details are authenticated. The epilogue, historical note, photos and information about the author at the end of each book are also very informative. I cannot recommend this series highly enough for anyone interested in learning Canadian history from the perspective of a child.
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My students love this book! We are from the Maritimes, and the fact that it's local to them makes it even more interesting.
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so heartbreaking.... I read this over and over. a must read...


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