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In 1828, off the Newfoundland fishing village of Isle aux Morts, Ann Harvey, her father, and her younger brother came upon the wreck of the Despatch, an Irish immigrant ship originally destined for Quebec City. In thick fog and fierce wind it had run aground and broken apart. Ann's courage and strength at the oars of the rescue boat were largely responsible for the saving ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 13th 2004 by Groundwood Books (first published February 13th 2003)
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Dawn
Jul 26, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it
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Told partly from Seamus’s perspective, and partly from Ann’s this narrative poem is based on the true story of the sinking of the ship Dispatch, an Irish immigrant ship destined for Quebec city. It was wrecked on the rocks near the Isle aux Morts in a storm in 1828.
Ann Harvey, her younger brother and her father saved more than 160 passengers by rowing through the stormy ocean. They rescued the passengers from the rocks to which they were clinging.
Seamus, one of the rescued immigrants f
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Jessica
Dec 27, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
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My Amazon review: Kevin Major's short prose poems detailing snippets of the 1800s immigrant life of Ann, who lives in Newfoundland, and Seamus, who is aboard a ship emigrating from Ireland, is beautifully crafted and reminiscent of oral storytelling and songwriting traditions.
The story revolves around the meeting of Ann and Seamus when Seamus' ship runs upon a reef off the coast of Newfoundland. Ann and her family make a heroic effort and save many lives. But the story of Ann goes deeper than he
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Kayli
Oct 31, 2007 Kayli rated it liked it
I thought this was written in a really cool way. It's more like a poem than a regular novel, but it's amazing what is conveyed with so few words. Really neat.
The only reason I didn't like it more is that the ending was all wrong. But I'm all about traditional endings.
But for SURE worth reading (especially as it only takes probably an hour or less).
kyliemm
Aug 01, 2010 kyliemm rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-summer
Unfortunately for this book, I read it right after reading Hesse's Out of the Dust, to which no poetry-formatted ya novel can really compare. For what it was, though, even though it wasn't as well-written or lyrical as Hesse's book, this book was a quick, interesting ya read. I liked the feminism throughout and I thought it was definitely an important story to tell. Overall, a good one.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This novel in verse retells the true story of the wreck of the Irish immigrant ship Despatch off Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland, in 1828, from the eyes of Ann Harvey, a rescuer, and Seamus, one of the ship's passengers. According to a historical note at the end of the book, Ann Harvey's heroic part in the rescue has been largely forgotten. I'm glad that this novel will rectify that. Recommended!
Tracy Bailey
May 08, 2016 Tracy Bailey rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written in verse. The fictionalized story of Ann Harvey's rescue of 163 people shipwrecked off the coast of Newfoundland in 1828. Worth the read.
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Kevin Major was born on September 12, 1949, five months after Newfoundland became the tenth province of Canada. He grew up next to an American Air Force base in Stephenville, on the province's west coast.

His interest in writing in elementary school led to the creation of some dreadful poetry. In high school, his skills improved to the point where a teacher in Grade Ten predicted that he would wri
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