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Explosion Newsie

By Jacqueline Halsey, Illustrated by Loretta Migani

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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.

"Halsey is quite successful at turning a historical moment into a captivating story, one that will appeal the most to young school-aged children. The illustrations in Explosion Newsie are realistic and detailed. Migani excels at depicting facial expressions and action scenes; the reader can almost feel how cold it is outside! The illustrations complement the text well, and both work together to provide the reader with a realistic and compelling story. Highly Recommended"

- CM Magazine

"Great for a classroom library, history lovers, older class/student, read-aloud, differentiation in older History classes. The book could be used to support several reading comprehension strategies: Making Prediction, Making Commections, and Inferring."

- Amanda Forbes Canadian Teachers Magazine

"The story and illustrations together create a compelling portrait of the time period: what life was like for a boy whose father was overseas and whose older brother had to work in a factory... Grim without being too graphic for its intended audience, the tender reunion at the end helps it to remain a heartwarming historical tale that is based on true events."

- Lisa Doucet, Atlantic Books Today

"This story would be a welcome addition to any public or school library in Canada because it shows the events of the Halifax Explosion through the eyes of a nine year old boy; much as it would have happened during that time period."

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JACQUELINE HALSEY was born in London, England. After several globe-trotting years she and her family discovered Nova Scotia and they have lived there ever since. For many years, she was a programmer in the youth services department of Alderney Gate Public Library in Halifax. She is also 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 Ontario's Silver Birch Express Awards. She is also the author of the celebrated Bluenose Adventure, a tale of the experiences of a ten-year-old "flunky" working aboard the fishing schooner Bluenose.

LORETTA MIGANI is an artist living in Nova Scotia. Born in Southport, England, she attended Queensland College of Art in Australia. Loretta works primarily in oils and sculpture. This is her first book.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 32 pages
Publication Date: 7th October 2015
ISBN: 9781459504011
Format: 10in x 8in
30+ colour illustrations

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.7.0.0, JUV016180, JUV030030
Imprint: Formac

Interest age: From 3 To 9

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