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I’m on my way to ALA!

25 Jun

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I’m on my way. The girls have been dropped off at Sniff Dog Hotel, where they will be well cared for.

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I have  a couple of books in my carry-on, but I plan on reading Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat.

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Last summer, when I was visiting Ottawa with my sister & her family, we went to the Canadian Museum of History. They had a special exhibit about the Empress of Ireland , which sank in the St. Lawrence River on  May 29, 1914.  Of the 1,477 people on board, 1,012 died. It was an incredibly moving exhibit and I am getting teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Well, Unspeakable  is a YA novel set on the Empress of Ireland during her last voyage.

From the publisher: Working as a stewardess aboard the Empress of Ireland allows Ellie Ryan to forget about why she has been banished from the family home, why her great aunt ultimately had to find her this job. On her second voyage, Ellie finds herself drawn to the solitary fire stoker who stands by the ship’s rail late at night, often writing in a journal.

Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of him now, after that awful night. She tries to tell herself that he survived, but it’s hard to believe when so many didn’t.

So when Wyatt Steele, journalist for The New York Times shows up at her door in Liverpool, England, and asks for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he shows her Jim’s journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to read it herself, to find some clue of the man she had fallen in love with, perhaps a clue to what happened to him. There’s only one catch: she will have to tell her story to Steele and he’ll “pay” her by giving her the journal. One page at a time.

Guided by Steele, Ellie slowly opens up. But more lies at the heart of her story than even Ellie knows, and as she spends more time with Steele and Jim’s journal, she discovers what was once unspeakable — for both her and Jim.

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