Explosion Newsie

Explosion Newsie

By Jacqueline Halsey (CA)

Publisher: Formac

9781459504011

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On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in the busy wartime harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting explosion was the biggest man-made blast prior to the development of nuclear weapons. It flattened one fifth of the city. Thousands of people were killed that day and thousands more injured or made homeless. One lucky survivor, ten-year-old newsie Macky, has a key job to do -- get the news out.

The beautiful and compelling illustrations in this book help tell the story of what it was like to be a working child of ten in the city that day. Macky, an unreliable and fun-loving boy, has to deliver the news to a confused and wrecked city where the only way to know what happened to missing loved ones was to read the local newspaper.

This story is based on the real experiences of young boys who worked as paperboys in the 1900s. Jacqueline Halsey has woven a wonderful story, which conveys the value of the work of young people in a compelling real-life setting.

About the Author: JACQUELINE HALSEY was born in London, England. After several globetrotting years she and her family discovered Nova Scotia and they have lived there ever since. For many years, she worked as a programmer in the youth services department of Alderney Gate Library, Halifax. She is the author of Peggy?s Letters, a Canadian Children?s Book Centre "Our Choice" starred selection, and nominated for both the Hackmatack Children?s Choice Award and the Rocky Mountain Children?s Book Award and an Honour Book in the 2007 Silver Birch Express Award.

Language: eng

32 pages

Publication Date: 20151007

    Tags:
  • Atlantic Books in Schools
  • English Language Arts
  • Grade Range: P/M-6
  • NSSBB Authorized Learning Resource
  • Social Studies
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