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The Wreck of the Ethie

The Wreck of the Ethie

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by Hilary Hyland

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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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1 ED
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From a December, 1919, incident, Hillary Hyland has woven a tale sure to warm the hearts of all Newfoundland fans. We follow the events leading to the wreck and the rescue from three perspectives: Collen, the schoolgirl of the dog's family; Patrick, the 16-year old ship's boy, and Skipper, our hero himself. Chapters give us a taste of the world of the rocky coast of Newfoundland in 1919 through the perceptions and reflections of each of these characters. We follow Skipper's work (placing nets for his master) and play (chasing a hare into a thicket, diving for rocks thrown in the surf by Collen) in order to acquaint us with the skills and traits he will later use in the rescue. It is primarily through Patrick's eyes that we see the building storm, the captain's struggle to keep control of a ship increasingly driven and then pummeled by monstrous seas. The terror is palpable as the crew fights to keep feeding the boiler with dry coal in the midst of acrid smoke, a lurching deck,incursions of seawater, and the growing risk of explosion should the water rising in the engine room reach the furnace. Even though we know better, doom seems inevitable as the surging seas impale the ship on rocks and begin to beat it apart. All watch from what is left of the top deck as Skipper fights the waves to retrieve a life line tangled under water in the rocks. The Wreck of the Ethie is a wonderful, heroic tale. I'll take Skipper over Rocky, Rambo, or Arnold any time. It doesn't hurt that all ends well for all the people on board and for Skipper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was on our summer reading list. I didn't expect much but boy was I surprised. This book is now my favorite book because it was so thrilling. THe dog Skipper was so smart & brave. I got really scared during the storm that sank the ship. Colleen was my favorite character & I thought that Patrick was very smart & brave,too. I keep thinking about this story & wish that it was a movie too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On December 16th, 1919, the S.S. Ethie was wrecked in a hurricane off the western coast of Newfoundland at Martin Point near Bonne Bay. A courageous Newf saved the lives of the 92 people on board this steam ship. The local newspaper, the Western Star, gave only one sentence in their story of the wreck about the role of the heroic Newfoundland dog: 'A line was fired from the ship, but got caught up amongst the boulders, so the people of Martin Point sent out one of their dogs, a very sagacious animal, to bring it ashore.' Maybe the folks in Newfoundland in the early 20th century were satisfied with such curt reporting of incredible heroism against the full ferocity of nature; perhaps they were so accustomed to living with such amazing animals that they took selfless devotion, absolute bravery and magnificent power for granted. However, for those of us who never stop to amaze at the wonderfulnes of the Newfoundland dog, we need more. More is what Hilary Hyland has given us in her fictionalized account of this fantastic feat of bravery and strength. She has filled in the details tht we want, nay, need to know. The book reflects the meticulous research that she carried out. We are introduced to the rugged life in the Newfoundland of the day both on land and at sea. We feel the mighty fury of nature and the good hearted bravery of the people. Moreover we get to meet and know the incredible Newf in his everyday life and at his courageous best. Our appetite for knowing it all about that incredible day is sated. In other words, Hilary Hyland has taken the bare bones of the historical accounts and put back on the flesh in order to bring the story alive for us. In addition to a fabulous story you also get the full text of a poem about the dog (four pages), several pages of author's notes with pictures, a photocopy of the newspaper account, a glossary of nautical terms and maps of the area. RECOMMENDATION: Great reading for children eight to 12 and a must read for Newfoundland dog lovers of all ages. Best read with a Newfoundland dog at your side, because like the characters at the end of the book, you'll want to hug a Newf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
My nine-year-old daughter and I took turns reading this book aloud to each other at her bedtime. I became so caught up in the story that I started reading ahead each night after she was asleep -- I couldn't wait until the next day to see what happened! We both loved the characters, especially the brave dog, Skipper. And it was heartwarming to read a story that contains so many people performing brave deeds in a desperate situation. My daughter enjoyed the book so much that she asked me to buy a copy for her class at school so that her friends can read it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Daughter, Katelyn and I enjoyed reading the story of Skipper's courageous and inspirational rescue. An absolutely beautiful story that I highly recommend.Role models can have two legs...or four!! Thank you Ms. Hyland and Skipper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so vivid. It really holds the attention of children and adults alike. I bought five copies for my children and their friends for Christmas. They all read it over the Christmas Holidays and really enjoyed it. A must buy book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A suspensful and heartwarming story based on actual history. We would never have known about this amazing rescue if Hilary had not brought it to life for us 80 years later. Thank you Hilary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My fourth grade students are reading The Wreck of the Ethie in class and are thoroughly enjoying it. It is not only interesting to the students but has motivated them to do research.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is based on a myth, printed and reprinted as truth by many authors. There was no Newfoundland dog present at the wreck of the Ethie in Newfoundland in December of 1919. The only dog present was Wisher, owned by Mr. Reuben Decker, and as he stated to Newfoundland's most respected journalist and author (Cassie Brown, Death on the Ice), Wisher did not go in the water. No person or animal had to go in the water to get a line ashore, because the wind was onshore (Captain English purposely beached the Ethie by running her downwind). The line thrown overboard floated in on wind and wave, and was retrieved by Mr. Decker when it reached the landwash. Unfortunately, the engineer of the Ethie embellished the account by adding a dog. Without checking the veracity of the story, an Associated Press affiliate wired the story to head office, and consequently, newspapers around the world printed a front page story that unfortunately included as fact, the Newfoundland dog embellishment. Many writers have used these newspaper accounts to inflate the status of Newfoundland dogs. None of the central storyline (a dog being involved in the rescue of the SS Ethie) is correct.