Broken Pieces: An Orphan of the Halifax Explosion

Broken Pieces: An Orphan of the Halifax Explosion

by Allison Lawlor


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One hundred years ago, on December 6, 1917, the French munitions ship Mont Blanc collided with the Belgian relief vessel Imo in the Halifax Harbour. At first, a small fire broke out aboard the Mont Blanc , which grew bigger crowds of people and emergency responders linded the shores of Halifax and Dartmouth to get a better look. Suddenly, the Mont Blanc 's explosive cargo blew up, flattening homes and businesses, and triggering a tsunami.

Amid the confusion and devastation that followed the blast was fourteen-year-old Barbara Orr, who had been walking from her neighbourhood in Richmond to a friend's house. Follow Barbara as she navigates post-explosion Halifax, learning about rescue efforts, the kindness of strangers, and the bravery of heroes like Vincent Coleman along the way.

Part of the popular Compass series, this full-colour non-fiction book includes highlighted glossary terms, informative sidebars, over 50 illustrations and historical photographs, a detailed index, and recommended further reading. In commemoration of the tragic event's 100th anniversary, Broken Pieces is a great resource for young readers and educators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771085151
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: Compass series
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Allson Lawlor's work has appeared in the Globe and Mail and several magazines. After working as a reporter for newspapers in Ontario, Allison returned in 2003 to Nova Scotia, where she had previously attended the University of King's College. She is the author of several non-fiction books for adults, and this is her first book for children. Allison lives in Prospect, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two daughters, and several animals.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Life in Halifax in 1917 9

Chapter 2 Days Before the Explosion 21

Chapter 3 The Explosion 29

Chapter 4 Help Arrives 45

Chapter 5 Finding Answers and Rebuilding the City 63

Chapter 6 Remembrance and Lessons for the Future 79

Acknowledgments 90

Glossary 91

Halifax Explosion Timeline 93

Resources 95

Index 98

Image Credits 100

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