The Wreck of the Ethie
In 1919, just before Christmas, the S.S. Ethie departs Port Saunders, Newfoundland, for St. John’s Harbor with ninety-two passengers and crew, all eager to be reunited with family for the holidays. After several difficult days at sea, a violent winter storm casts the coastal steamer Ethie onto rocks one-half mile off the jagged cliffs of northwest Newfoundland.
Guided by his fisherman master, and following his own instincts, Skipper, a hardworking and courageous Newfoundland dog, braves the icy, dangerous waters to carry a lifeline from the sinking ship to shore. A seat is rigged to this cable, which carries each person onboard to safety. All 92 passengers and crew were saved from probable death in the icy Atlantic waters by the actions of this brave dog.
In this minute-by-minute fictionalized account of the S.S. Ethie’s dramatic voyage, the author vividly brings the adventure to life, showing the spirit of survival amongst the passengers and crew, as well as the strength and determination of a poor fishing family and their courageous dog to save those ninety-two souls.
Total Pages: 115
Size: 6 x 9
Age Range: 8 – 12
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AR Quiz#: 36397
AR Reading Level: 5.8
AR Points: 3
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: S
F&P Grade: 4
Reading Counts Level: 5.1
Reading Counts Points: 6
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5
“The fast-paced action, easy reading level, and black-and-white drawings will appeal to reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal
Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition (children’s book category) ―Dog Writers Association of America 2000
Georgia Children’s Book Award (nominee) ―University of Georgia 2000-2001
Volunteer State Book Awards (master list, 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians 2002-2003