That Fatal Night

That Fatal Night

The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilson

Book - 2011
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In the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, a young girl must come to terms with haunting memories from the voyage.

It is May 1912, one month after the horrific sinking of the Titanic , and twelve-year-old survivor Dorothy Wilton is sent home from school in disgrace when she strikes another student. Although she's expelled, her sympathetic teacher encourages Dorothy to write an account of her experience on the ship, with the hopes that it will help Dorothy come to terms with her trauma.

And so begins a truly remarkable story, which reads like a time capsule of the era: Dorothy writes about visiting her bohemian grandparents in England before setting sail back home, the luxurious rooms and cabins on board, a new friend she makes, and the intriguing people they observe. However, amidst all of this storytelling, a shadow lurks, a secret Dorothy is too traumatized to acknowledge - a secret about her own actions on that fatal night, which may have had deadly consequences.

Through young Dorothy's eyes, award-winning writer Sarah Ellis expertly takes a unique perspective on the Titanic tragedy, exploring the concept of survivor's guilt with devastating honesty.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, ©2011
ISBN: 9780545980739
Characteristics: 170 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.


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Dec 03, 2016

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Nov 09, 2015

Amazing Book!! :)
The author did a good job on suspense and the aftermath horror of a tragedy! Dorothy is a well-written character and the plot is very interesting. I definitely recommend!!!

Nov 04, 2014

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BPLNextBestKids Jan 10, 2012

: After a wonderful two-month visit with her grandparents in England, 12-year-old Dorothy was returning home to Halifax when the great ship she was on hit an iceberg and sank. Her escort, Miss Pugh, died in the tragedy. Dorothy survived. Now home, and banned from school for hitting a girl who was taunting her about the sinking, Dorothy is trying to come to terms with her guilt. Her favourite teacher brings her a journal and suggests she write about her experience, but instead she writes of her bohemian grandparents, her English friends Owen and Millie and the plays they put on. But the nightmares persist, and finally, with some deft questioning by the teacher, Dorothy is finally able to recall the events of that fateful night – and the secret she’s been hiding. Ellis concludes the novel with photos of the Titanic and its survivors and fascinating historical and author’s notes.
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