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Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, has run away from her Parkdale home. She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die, and she plans to find work far away as a nursemaid or teacher. Christina's cousin Peter is the first mate on the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight thro ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Orca Book Publishers
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Paul Falk
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author laid bare the internal strife of a heart-wrenching side of grief. Hard to watch. Painful to read. Mourning the loss of a loved one, much too unbearable to face drove the main protagonist to flee. Anywhere. Leave it all behind. Only, she couldn't run away from herself. Risking what would be an unlucky role of the dice, she would soon find herself set on a collision course destined for disaster. Right place - wrong time. Luck of the draw. This well-written narrative took me on a perilou ...more
Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)


RELEASE DATE: MARCH 6, 2018. TODAY!!


Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.


“I’m going to have to do this on my own. If not for myself, then for him. If not for myself, then for the men I am ferrying to shore, for the r
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Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
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Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Nothing really compares to reading a book that’s set in a place you know and have been to many times. Learning about the history of my country and having an interesting, exciting story to explore really was quite special to me. Although I do have some critiques to make, i enjoyed the book.

Andrea Curtis is a good writer. She clearly outlined and planned the story she wanted to convey long before she set to writing it out and you can actually see that clear l
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Laura
Most people know where the Great Lakes are, that straddle the Canadian and American border. On a map they look odd, and even though, if you compare them with the size of the nearby states and provinces, you can see that they are huge, you really can’t realize how large they really are. Most people are more familiar with the lakes they visit in their cities, those man made things that have paddle boats on them, and people fish in them, and they are not threatening at all.

And yes, most of us know
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Camille
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had never hear of the sinking of the SS Asia before reading Big Water so I was interested in the subject right away. Two of the reasons why I love historical fiction are that it allows me to discover and learn about new places and events and to escape to a different time period. Andrea Curtis manages both to perfection here. Everything comes to life as if you were there.

It is a very compelling read - I actually couldn't put it down and stayed up late to finish it. To put it into perspective, I
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Morgan
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an e ARC of this book. Thank you to Orca Book and NetGalley for allowing me to read Big Water. All opinions and thoughts are my own and do not represent the publisher or author.

Overall this was a fast paced and easy read. I enjoyed reading the characters of Christina and Daniel and the plot that the author created based on the real life event. Historical fiction is always a favourite of mine to read, because it is based in truth. I finished this book in about an hour and half, it was
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Stephanie Mills
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
***I received this book through Netgalley from Orca Book Publishers for a honest review*** First off this book made me feel like my very soul was being ripped from my body! The heartbreak, the unfairness! The author made relate to the main character, even though I have been through such heartbreak I now after reading this book feel like I have glimpsed it ! Christina McBurney is just trying to get away from the pain of so much lose but she soon realizes no mater how far she goes from what in her ...more
Lindsay
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
Christina finds herself in a lifeboat with Daniel after their ship, Asia, sinks in one of the Great Lakes. This story is based on the actual event and the two teenage survivors. The premises and idea were strong, but the story was lacking in almost all other departments. For one thing, there was a lot of telling instead of showing and the sentences felt off. Christina regularly thought about memories of her twin brother Jonathon, and likewise, Christina reiterated that Jonathon was her mother’s ...more
Vikki P
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC of Big Water by Andrea Curtis from NetGalley and the Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

As the synopsis suggests, Big Water follows the story of Christina, a seventeen year old girl who narrowly survives the shipwreck of SS Asia and now has to fend for her life while adrift at sea. In a moment of stupidity, I selected the day I was travelling on a 4 hour flight alone to read this book and take my word on this – it’s not a good idea to read books about shipwrecks whil
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Debra
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read for a honest review for Orca book publishers.The author writes a good account of what happened to the SS Asia on The Great lakes.I lived my whole life surrounded by these 5 majestic lakes,one minute it can be calm the next deadly I can just imagine what's going through these kid's mind while reading this book,they're scared for their lives.I don't usually read historical fictional but when I seen that it was about the great lakes I had to read it,and it didn't disappoint. I love the cover ...more
Sreya Van
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
~I recieved a free copy of this from Orca Book Publishers through Netgalley in return for an honest review~

Big Water is the fictional account of two survivors of the wrecked ship, the SS Asia. Though the story is fiction, it is based on a real event that took place in 1882.

The best thing about this book is that it brings to light a tragedy that is rarely talked about. I love stories like this, ones that share snippets of little-known history because it's really fascinating!

However, this book di
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Jennifer Shanahan
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
This book reminded me of Salt to the Seas from last year. Kind of the same premises where the author used a historical even to create a fictional characters within the disaster as it unfolded. The story was pretty good, once I started, I didn't want to put it down but I think it lacked a little as far as the depth of the characters and the plot. Chris and Daniel survive the sinking of the passenger steam ship the Asia in the Georgian Bay in the Great Lakes in Canada. A very sad story in real lif ...more
Rachel
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Traveling the great lakes was a dangerous proposition through the early part of the twentieth century—especially on the Georgia Bay in Canada. Many ships and lives were lost on the uncharted and unpredictable waters. In 1882, the SS Asia, a converted river steamship, set out from the Georgia Bay in Lake Huron, overloaded and top heavy, heading straight into a storm. Equipped only with life vests and flimsy lifeboats unfit for the dangerous waters, the passengers and crew were entirely unprepared ...more
Erin
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, has run away from her Parkdale home. She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die, and she plans to find work far away as a nursemaid or teacher. Christina's cousin Peter is the first mate on the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes, so she seeks him out to secure passage to Sault Ste. Marie.

But when a violent storm suddenly rises, t
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LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
You can see my full review here!

I'm a little conflicted. On one hand, the story went by fairly quickly, but the chapters felt long (there were only 14 chapters). While I appreciated and sympathized with the characters, I couldn't connect with them. I was expecting.... more. I wanted to feel for them, feel their desperation to survive, see them go through the stages of grief. What I didn't need was romance. It was so unnecessary— I understand intense situations can evoke intense emotions, but aga
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Book Review
Title: Big Water
Author: Andrea Curtis
Genre: Retelling/Historical/Survival
Rating: ****
Review: So, all I know about Big Water is that it is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882, that is it! So, knowing virtual nothing about the novel I was excited to get into it especially as it is less than 150 pages long. The opening chapter of Big Water was great, we meet Christina McBurney as she runs away from home after the dea
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Jasmin
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, ebook, 2018, e-arc
This review has been originally posted on jasmin's library.

I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Orca Book Publishers and NetGalley.

“Thinking about facing one's fate head on is perfectly fine when it's theoretical, distant, a glimmer of an idea, not even the idea itself.”

To be honest, I only asked for this book for two reasons: first, I really liked the cover (especially with its pastel colors) and second, I love to read about nautical disasters. Mostl
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Alyssa
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
First of all, thank you to Netgalley and Orca Book Publishers for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for a review!

Big Water follows the story of two lone survivors who find themselves adrift after a shipwreck. It's based on historical truth, and I really liked the glimpse into a vibrant story I hadn't heard about before.

Our narrator, Christina, told the story with great detail and feeling. I thought the author did a good job of tackling such an unbearable tragedy and showing it hon
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Brittany Elizabeth
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fiction, historical
I was given an ARC copy of Big Water by Netgalley and Orca Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review!

I wanted to read Big Water because it is a fictional tale on a real life event, the sinking of the SS Asia on a Great Lake in 1882. I spent the first 18 years of life growing up in Michigan so I was immediately drawn to a story that relates to one of the Great Lakes and a story of survival when a steamboat sinks in its freezing waters.

I must say, the writing in this story was phenomenal. E
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Marian
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs-ahoy, oh-canada
Got my ARC via LibraryThing, huzzah!

Big Water follows 17-year old Christine McBurney as she runs away from home following the death of her twin brother. In her quest to simply get away, she finds herself on the Asia, a boat her cousin works on... only to have the boat sink. The rest of the book details how Christina manages to survive, be it through luck or sheer determination.

It's semi based on a true story, in that there was an Asia and it did sink and tragically only two people did survive,
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Kerine Wint
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Big Water is a historical fiction novel that accounts of two survivors of the wrecked ship, the SS Asia. Though the story is fiction, it is based on a real event that took place in 1882. The story follows our MC, Christina, who has recently lost her twin brother, Jonathon, to consumption. She decides to run away from home by going on the SS Asia. As an impending storm reaches, the ship is destroyed and the passengers end up on lifeboats but unfortunately, the storm continues to affect the passen ...more
Tiana
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Musings:

Big Water is a survivalist story through and through. It’s that mixture of harsh reality mixed with emotional turmoil that keeps you holding on as desperately to each moment as the characters hold on to the small strands keeping them alive.

What I Loved:

Christina is battling her memories as much as she battles the sea. Christina came to be on the ship after loosing her twin brother who was seen in her family to be the better twin. She’s there to prove something of herself and to get over
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Kim McGee
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Christina runs from home unable to get over the loss of her twin brother. She boards the steamship Asia which her cousin works on to begin her new life. While crossing the Great Lakes a massive storm capsizes the Asia and only a handful of survivors manage to get away in a single lifeboat. Sadly , no help comes and they must fight off injuries, shock, cold and no food until just Christina and another young man are left. Based on the true sinking of the Steamship Asia in 1882, this is an amazing ...more
Mrs. E. Braithwaite
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I’m looking around, trying to make sense of where we are and what’s going on, when, without warning, a wave the height of s two-story house crests over us. A curtain of water descends. We’re thrown to the side, and the boat heels wildly. It seems to pause momentarily uncertain whether to flip over or return to stability.

The lifeboat flips over.”

I enjoyed this quick-read based on the real-life wreck of the steamship Asia on Georgian Bay. The story begins in the middle of the storm and follows t
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Leah
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll start by saying this would have been much better as a short story. I'm a little surprised that a book with such an intense storyline ended up being so slow-paced. This was already a very short book, and even then it could have improved if made shorter. The writing itself was solid. Wonderful descriptions and an easy flow. But it kept losing me every time the story cut away to Christina's dead twin. They felt like add-ins that weren't very exciting to read. They made sense and helped us unde ...more
Cindy Zhu
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: that-cover-tho
I thought this book was nice! I haven't been reading for the longest time and I think this book was a good one to get me out of my slump as it is pretty short and easy to get into. I wasn't expecting much as I basically only picked the book because the cover was gorgeous; however, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are believable and throughout the story I did feel a bit seasick and worried for the characters' well being. So a solid 4/5 because I would've hoped that they would reveal mor ...more
Loraine Oliver
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adult
Shelves: reviewed-books
Big Water is a fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882. This is a really good story. It tells of a young 17 year old named Christina McBurney who is so upset at her twin brother's death of consumption, runs away and boards The Asia, to go somewhere new. Luckily her cousin works on the Asia so she knows someone.

The sea is so turbulent that she is lucky to get on the last boat with her cousin, the Captain and a few other people and
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Shannon Ozirny
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, youngadult
This met all my shipwreck and survival story needs - solid and convincing. It's also enjoyably slim, focusing on the immediacy of the wreck, the lifeboat agony and other stuff I won't spoil.

I would have liked a beefier Author's Note with more information on the real-life survivors (I had to go on a google expedition after finishing the book) but my want for more details is a testament to the quality of the writing.
Macy Klingerman
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, let’s talk about that cover. I absolutely love it, and I would basically frame it and put it on my wall. Anyways, let’s talk about the story.
This book is extremely intense at times, with frequent mentions and depictions of death. If you’re bothered by that subject matter, I would pass on this one. With that said, I really did enjoy this book. It’s a very short book, coming in at less than 200 pages. I was able to finish it in one sitting easily. Not to mention the fact that the wri
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Heather
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This falls outside my usual reading for fun style but I enjoyed it. Always willing to read a good novel set in Canada. I really appreciated that it was a survival novel in more than one aspect. Yes, it was about surviving a shipwreck but it was also about how two young people have to survive life circumstance. I am going to recommend it to my University teacher to add to her syllabus.
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Andrea Curtis is an award-winning writer in Toronto. She writes for both adults and children.

Her next book for kids is Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back). It will be published in early 2017. It is a followup to her first award-winning children's book, What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, published by Red Deer Press.

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