The Wreck of the Quetta

The Wreck of the Quetta

by Gary Crew, Bruce Whatley
     
 

In 1890 a strange child custody case came before the court. Against all odds a tiny child was wrenched from the wreckage of the British East India vessel, Quetta, which struck rocks and sank, killing 130 in three horrific minutes. A young steward, Mutassa Clarke, heard the girl's cries and rescued her, calling her Quetta. But who is she? Her name and parental…  See more details below

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In 1890 a strange child custody case came before the court. Against all odds a tiny child was wrenched from the wreckage of the British East India vessel, Quetta, which struck rocks and sank, killing 130 in three horrific minutes. A young steward, Mutassa Clarke, heard the girl's cries and rescued her, calling her Quetta. But who is she? Her name and parental background, indeed her very presence on the Quetta, are a mystery. And who will adopt Quetta - the old captain, or the young man who plucked her so miraculously from the ship's debris? A stunning historical picture book brings Gary Crew together with acclaimed illustrator Bruce Whatley.

Author Biography: Gary Crew has an outstanding reputation as a writer of Young Adult fiction and innovative picture books. His numerous prizes and awards include CBC Book of the Year: Older Readers for Strange Objects and Angel's Gate (1991 and 1994) which also received widespread international recognition; CBC Honour Book for Memorial (2000), CBC Picture Book of the Year for First Light (1994); CBC Picture Book of the Year for The Watertower (1995); The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie was a notable book in 1996. He is also the author of The Viewer and Mama's Babies, which were CBC Notable Books for 1998 and 1999 respectively. Gary is editor of the After Dark series and author of the picture books Bright Star, Troy Thompson's Excellent Peotry Book, Troy Thompson's Radical Prose Folio, Leo The Lion Tamer and Valley of Bones. Other Lothian YA Fiction titles are Dear Venny, Dear Saffron with Libby Hathorn and Edward Britton with Philip Neilsen.
About the Illustrator: Bruce Whatley was born in Wales and worked in London as an ArtDirector and Illustrator before joining McCann Erickson in Sydney as senior Art Director on many high-profile accounts. He has held several exhibitions — the Australian outback being the main theme — and written and illustrated a number of children's picture books, many of them Children's Book Council of Australia award-winners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780734402400
Publisher:
Lothian Books
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.86(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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