September 17

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.


SEPTEMBER 17: A Novel is published by Red Deer Press.

"Riveting and Heartbreaking…" Kirkus Review


“This is how history should be taught - through the eyes of those who lived it.” Janet Barclay. Good Reads


"…their harrowing survival stories will have strong appeal for readers entranced by Titanic tales…" Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


"…it has that gripping tension, that aura of tragedy, that sense of doom that, to me, marks all great maritime novels.” Wayne Grady, Kingston Whig Standard


“…a compulsively readable, compelling story of survival in the face of overwhelming adversity.” Michael Cart, Booklist

  • 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