Project Description


The Wreck of the Ethie

by Hilary Hyland
illustrated by Paul Bachem

In 1919, just before Christmas, the S.S. Ethie sets sail for St. John’s Harbor, but a violent winter storm casts the steamship onto the rocky cliffs of northwest Newfoundland, threatening the passengers’ survival

Ninety-two passengers and crew, all eager to be reunited with family for the holidays, are now at the mercy of the stormy sea. Seeing the wrecked ship off the coast, a fishing family sends their dog Skipper, a hardworking and courageous Newfoundland, to brave the icy and dangerous waters to carry a lifeline from the sinking ship to shore.

In this minute-by-minute fictionalized account of the S.S. Ethie’s dramatic voyage, Hillary Hyland 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.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-198-2
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Page Count: 115
Size: 6 ̎ x 9 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-678-9
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 5.8
GRL: S, Gr 4
Lexile: 800L
Themes: Courage, Determination, Dogs, Problem Solving, Shipwreck
BISAC 1: JUV016160 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / General
BISAC 2: JUV001010 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs


“The fast-paced action, easy reading level, and black-and-white drawings will appeal to reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal


Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades 4-6) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2002-2003

Georgia Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia, 2000-2001

Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition (Children’s Book Category) ―Dog Writers Association of America, 2000

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Meet the Author

Hilary Hyland is the author of the award-winning book,The Wreck of the Ethie. A popular speaker, she has given author presentations at more than 200 schools. She lives in Virginia. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Paul Bachem has worked for many years as an award-winning freelance illustrator, producing work for most of the major book and magazine publishers. He lives in New York. You can visit his website here.