Ann and Seamus

Ann and Seamus

Book - 2003
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Seventeen-year-old Ann Harvey is one of the great unsung heroes of maritime history. In 1828, off the Newfoundland fishing village of Isle aux Morts, Ann Harvey, her father and 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. Ann's courage and strength at the oars of the rescue boat were largely responsible for saving more than 160 dirt-poor passengers stranded amid the raging storm, left "like seabirds clinging to the rocks." Ann's courageous feat along the isolated south coast of Newfoundland has been all but forgotten.

Ann and Seamus brings the remarkable story of Ann Harvey to today's readers. In a poetic and powerful retelling, Kevin Major portrays the shy young woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. It is the story of dramatic rescue, but it is also the story of dreams and fate, of a hard life and young love. For also at its center is Seamus, a young Irishman who had set sail with hopes of a new life in America. Ann and Seamus is historical fiction that sweeps across ages and nationalities. In rich yet accessible narrative verse, it draws the reader into the drama of sea rescue without losing the tender and impetuous voices of youth at the core of the story.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2003.
ISBN: 9780888995612
Characteristics: 109 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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spl_merley Jan 10, 2017

Major gives his characters a powerful poetic voice in this glimpse into Canadian maritime history; introducing readers to an unassuming Canadian heroine. A quick and easy read that packs a lot of punch with its poetic imagery of early 19th century Newfoundland.

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

Based on true events that took place off the treacherous coast of Newfoundland in 1828, when seventeen-year-old Ann Harvey helped her father rescue 163 passengers who were stranded after a ship carrying Irish immigrants ran aground. Grade 5 - 12


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