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Saara is trying hard to put her horrible experience aboard the doomed Empress of Ireland behind her. She goes to school, roller skates with her best friend and enjoys her new baby cousin. And she is so looking forward to starring in the school play! But nightmares-and unanswerable questions-continue to disturb her. War is declared, and the future of the whole world looks u ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Sono NIS Press (first published October 19th 2008)
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Caroline Woodward
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Saara's Passage by Karen Autio, a contemporary Canadian writer, is the second in a well-written, impeccably researched trilogy which features young teenager, Saara Maki, a recent immigrant with her family from Finland to Canada in the early years of the last century. Autio's characters are vivid 3-D creations, each one, adult or child, deeply imagined and with distinct voices. The use of dialogue is true to the era, incorporating Finnish words, and is especially good, at least to my ear, but I g ...more
Suzanne Montigny
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book even better than Second Watch, the first of the trilogy. Ms. Autio weaves a wonderfully intense story that twists and turns, and just when you think it's all going to crash...it doesn't. Saara, a 13-year-old girl who survived the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, volunteers to look after her baby cousin when the baby's mother is sent to Toronto to convalesce from TB. Sounds kind of ordinary, right? But Ms. Autio creates the most interesting passages out of the most mundane eve ...more
Malcolm
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Two days before her twelfth birthday, Saara Mäki became one of only four children to survive the May 1914 sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland in Karen Autio's acclaimed debut novel "Second Watch." (2005) Now, the beautifully written "Saara's Passage" picks up the story during the months after her ordeal in the dark, cold waters of the St. Lawrence River.

Saara, who is suffering through graphic nightmares about the tragic end of the family's dream trip to see her grandparents in Finland, faces t
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Karen Autio is the author of two illustrated chapter books called KAH-LAN THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER and KAH-LAN AND THE STINK-INK, a narrative nonfiction picture book called GROWING UP IN WILD HORSE CANYON, and a trilogy of historical novels for young readers. She writes about events in Canada’s history that haven’t had much attention: Okanagan history, the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, tuber ...more

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