29 Missing: The True and Tragic Story of the Disappearance of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald / Edition 1

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On November 10, 1975, SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a giant freighter, sank with its entire crew of 29 aboard, in one of the most violent storms ever witnessed on Lake Superior. In 29 Missing, Kantar tells the "Fitz's" story from the christening in 1958 as the largest ship on the Great Lakes to the expedition in 1995 to recover the ship's bell in what proved to be a moving memorial to the lost crew. Using information from government investigative reports, the book provides a dramatic hour-by-hour account of what transpired during that terrible voyage, including dialogue from actual radio transmissions between the Fitzgerald and the Arthur Anderson, the freighter that followed behind the Fitz. 
     In his passionate retelling of the story, designed primarily for young adults, Kantar provides the facts leading up to the disappearance, detailing the subsequent expeditions to the wreck site as well as the leading theories about the sinking that have been debated by maritime experts.

Read Michigan Selection for Young Adults.

Recounts the sinking of the huge freighter the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald in the icy waters of Lake Superior in 1975 and describes subsequent expeditions to the wreck site to uncover clues to her mysterious disappearance.

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Editorial Reviews

Tells the story of the November 1975 shipwreck and the disappearance of 29 men. The ship was eventually located at the bottom of Lake Superior, but the bodies of the men were never found. Includes b&w photos, and a list of crew members. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870134463
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 406,468
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Kantar is the author of a trilogy of tales about the three largest ships to be lost on the three largest Great Lakes: 29 MISSING, 1999 Read Michigan selection for young adults; BLACK NOVEMBER, Finalist 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year (YA nonfiction), nominated for the 2007 Great Lakes Book Award, and a major source for November Requiem, a documentary that aired on PBS; and DEADLY VOYAGE, selected for One Book, One County Reads (sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council) and featured at the Young Folk Bookfest (Great Lakes Folk Festival).
His novel, GAME FACE, won the Bronze Medal in the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Pre-Teen Fiction. Populated by a cast of wacky screwballs, GAME FACE is a laugh-out-loud basketball story about an unforgettable team of middle-school misfits from northern Minnesota where hockey rules.
A native of Minneapolis, Andy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is director of the Writing Center and an English professor at Ferris State University (Michigan). For two years he served as a Fulbright Scholar in Norway, lecturing in the graduate school of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Andy and his wife, Fran, have three grown children and live in northern Michigan with Maggie, their black Labrador.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    A have-to-read book!

    I got this book for my kids to read and ended up reading and really enjoying it myself. The author made me feel the desperation and anguish of the horrible November night when the Fitzgerald went down. After reading it, I have much better insight to the many factors involved in the sinking. In fact, the various theories about why it sank are possibly the best part. I would highly recommend 29 Missing to anyone of any age because you don't have to be a nautical expert to enjoy it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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