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September 17: The Sinking of the S.S. City of Benares

Red Deer Press 2014

SEPTEMBER 17 is a novel based on real events. In 1940 a group of children are evacuated from England on the SS City of Benares, a requisitioned luxury liner bound for Canada. Like a floating palace, the ship carries them away from the war to new lives in the safety of a far away country. But when their ship is torpedoed in the middle of the Atlantic, their hopes and dreams are shattered.

Told from the perspective of the children, their journey becomes an adventure story of loss, survival and astonishing bravery.

*Nominated for the OLA 2015 Silver Birch Award

*Nominated for the 2014 IODE Violet Downey Award

* Nominated for the 2014 Red Cedar Award

* Listed in the Canadian Children's Centre 100 Best Books for Spring, 2014

New York City in the 1960s is the humming backdrop for this poignant, gritty story about a girl who sees her parents as flawed human beings for the first time, and finds the courage to make a fresh start. American League of Poets

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