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April 25 , 2008

Dear Canada: No Safe Harbour

The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1917


Charlotte struggles to find her twin brother after the rest of her family is killed in the tragic Halifax explosion.

No Safe Harbour is set in the months before and after the December 6, 1917 Halifax explosion, which was the largest man-made blast in history until the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The explosion levelled most of the city and sent shards of glass and burning debris flying for miles. It left thousands dead, blinded or homeless.

Suddenly orphaned, Charlotte turns to her diary to help her cope with the events that killed her entire family — leaving her older brother, still fighting in the trenches of WWI, as her only surviving relative. This is an affecting story of loss and recovery, powerfully told by award-winning author Julie Lawson.

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