Big Water

Big Water Seventeen year old Christina McBurney grieving the loss of her twin brother Jonathan to consumption has run away from her Parkdale home She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die

  • Title: Big Water
  • Author: Andrea Curtis
  • ISBN: 9781459815711
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seventeen year old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, has run away from her Parkdale home She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die, and she plans to find work far away as a nursemaid or teacher Christina s cousin Peter is the first mate on the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throSeventeen year old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, has run away from her Parkdale home She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die, and she plans to find work far away as a nursemaid or teacher Christina s cousin Peter is the first mate on the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes, so she seeks him out to secure passage to Sault Ste Marie.But when a violent storm suddenly rises, the overloaded and top heavy steamship begins to sink Christina, heeding the warnings from her cousin, somehow makes her way to the hurricane deck A large wave tosses her overboard, but just before she loses consciousness, she is pulled to safety.Hours later, adrift on the wide open water of Georgian Bay, in a lifeboat full of corpses, Christina is nervous about being alone with Daniel, a brooding young man with a likely criminal past and the only other passenger left alive But they both know that working together is the only way they will find the strength to make it to safety.Big Water is a fictional account of the real life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882.

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    1. Andrea Curtis is an award winning writer in Toronto She writes for both adults and children.Her next book for kids is Eat This How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk and How to Fight Back It will be published in early 2017 It is a followup to her first award winning children s book, What s for Lunch How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, published by Red Deer Press She is also working on a YA novel called Big Water It s based on the true story of a shipwreck on Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, and the harrowing experience of the two teenaged survivors Her most recent adult book, written with Nick Saul, is the National Bestseller, The Stop How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement It is published by Random House Canada and Melville House Press in the US and UK It was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and won the Taste Canada Award for Culinary Narratives.Andrea s critically acclaimed creative nonfiction book Into the Blue Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck Random House won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non Fiction.Andrea s writing has also appeared in Toronto Life, Cottage Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Explore, This Magazine, Utne Reader, The Globe Mail, The National Post and Today s Parent, among other periodicals She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two children.

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    1. The author laid bare the internal strife of a heart wrenching side of grief Hard to watch Painful to read Mourning the loss of a loved one, much too unbearable to face drove the main protagonist to flee Anywhere Leave it all behind Only, she couldn t run away from herself Risking what would be an unlucky role of the dice, she would soon find herself set on a collision course destined for disaster Right place wrong time Luck of the draw This well written narrative took me on a perilous journey A [...]


    2. First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you RELEASE DATE MARCH 6, 2018.Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book Thank you very much I m going to have to do this on my own If not for myself, then for him If not for myself, then for the men I am ferrying to shore, for the relatives who will ha [...]


    3. Most people know where the Great Lakes are, that straddle the Canadian and American border On a map they look odd, and even though, if you compare them with the size of the nearby states and provinces, you can see that they are huge, you really can t realize how large they really are Most people are familiar with the lakes they visit in their cities, those man made things that have paddle boats on them, and people fish in them, and they are not threatening at all.And yes, most of us know about [...]


    4. Nothing really compares to reading a book that s set in a place you know and have been to many times Learning about the history of my country and having an interesting, exciting story to explore really was quite special to me Review to come soon.


    5. I received an e ARC of this book Thank you to Orca Book and NetGalley for allowing me to read Big Water All opinions and thoughts are my own and do not represent the publisher or author Overall this was a fast paced and easy read I enjoyed reading the characters of Christina and Daniel and the plot that the author created based on the real life event Historical fiction is always a favourite of mine to read, because it is based in truth I finished this book in about an hour and half, it was a lot [...]


    6. Christina finds herself in a lifeboat with Daniel after their ship, Asia, sinks in one of the Great Lakes This story is based on the actual event and the two teenage survivors The premises and idea were strong, but the story was lacking in almost all other departments For one thing, there was a lot of telling instead of showing and the sentences felt off Christina regularly thought about memories of her twin brother Jonathon, and likewise, Christina reiterated that Jonathon was her mother s favo [...]


    7. Traveling the great lakes was a dangerous proposition through the early part of the twentieth century especially on the Georgia Bay in Canada Many ships and lives were lost on the uncharted and unpredictable waters In 1882, the SS Asia, a converted river steamship set out from the Georgia Bay in Lake Huron, overloaded and top heavy, heading straight into a storm Equipped only with life vests and flimsy lifeboats unfit for the dangerous waters, the passengers and crew were entirely unprepared whe [...]


    8. I received this book through Netgalley from Orca Book Publishers for a honest review First off this book made me feel like my very soul was being ripped from my body The heartbreak, the unfairness The author made relate to the main character, even though I have been through such heartbreak I now after reading this book feel like I have glimpsed it Christina McBurney is just trying to get away from the pain of so much lose but she soon realizes no mater how far she goes from what in her mind is t [...]


    9. I read for a honest review for Orca book publishers.The author writes a good account of what happened to the SS Asia on The Great lakes.I lived my whole life surrounded by these 5 majestic lakes,one minute it can be calm the next deadly I can just imagine what s going through these kid s mind while reading this book,they re scared for their lives.I don t usually read historical fictional but when I seen that it was about the great lakes I had to read it,and it didn t disappoint I love the cover, [...]


    10. I recieved a free copy of this from Orca Book Publishers through Netgalley in return for an honest review Big Water is the fictional account of two survivors of the wrecked ship, the SS Asia Though the story is fiction, it is based on a real event that took place in 1882.The best thing about this book is that it brings to light a tragedy that is rarely talked about I love stories like this, ones that share snippets of little known history because it s really fascinating However, this book didn t [...]


    11. This book reminded me of Salt to the Seas from last year Kind of the same premises where the author used a historical even to create a fictional characters within the disaster as it unfolded The story was pretty good, once I started, I didn t want to put it down but I think it lacked a little as far as the depth of the characters and the plot Chris and Daniel survive the sinking of the passenger steam ship the Asia in the Georgian Bay in the Great Lakes in Canada A very sad story in real life to [...]


    12. You can see my full review here I m a little conflicted On one hand, the story went by fairly quickly, but the chapters felt long there were only 14 chapters While I appreciated and sympathized with the characters, I couldn t connect with them I was expecting I wanted to feel for them, feel their desperation to survive, see them go through the stages of grief What I didn t need was romance It was so unnecessary I understand intense situations can evoke intense emotions, but again, this was a st [...]


    13. Seventeen year old Christina McBurney, grieving the loss of her twin brother, Jonathan, to consumption, has run away from her Parkdale home She believes her mother wishes she had been the one to die, and she plans to find work far away as a nursemaid or teacher Christina s cousin Peter is the first mate on the Asia, a steamship that transports passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes, so she seeks him out to secure passage to Sault Ste Marie.But when a violent storm suddenly rises, the [...]


    14. Book ReviewTitle Big WaterAuthor Andrea CurtisGenre Retelling Historical Survival Rating Review So, all I know about Big Water is that it is a fictional account of the real life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882, that is it So, knowing virtual nothing about the novel I was excited to get into it especially as it is less than 150 pages long The opening chapter of Big Water was great, we meet Christina McBurney as she runs away from home after the death of her t [...]


    15. I was given an ARC copy of Big Water by Netgalley and Orca Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review I wanted to read Big Water because it is a fictional tale on a real life event, the sinking of the SS Asia on a Great Lake in 1882 I spent the first 18 years of life growing up in Michigan so I was immediately drawn to a story that relates to one of the Great Lakes and a story of survival when a steamboat sinks in its freezing waters.I must say, the writing in this story was phenomenal Eve [...]


    16. Got my ARC via LibraryThing, huzzah Big Water follows 17 year old Christine McBurney as she runs away from home following the death of her twin brother In her quest to simply get away, she finds herself on the Asia, a boat her cousin works on only to have the boat sink The rest of the book details how Christina manages to survive, be it through luck or sheer determination It s semi based on a true story, in that there was an Asia and it did sink and tragically only two people did survive, but th [...]


    17. Big Water is a historical fiction novel that accounts of two survivors of the wrecked ship, the SS Asia Though the story is fiction, it is based on a real event that took place in 1882 The story follows our MC, Christina, who has recently lost her twin brother, Jonathon, to consumption She decides to run away from home by going on the SS Asia As an impending storm reaches, the ship is destroyed and the passengers end up on lifeboats but unfortunately, the storm continues to affect the passengers [...]


    18. Big Water is a fictional account of the real life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of the SS Asia in 1882 This is a really good story It tells of a young 17 year old named Christina McBurney who is so upset at her twin brother s death of consumption, runs away and boards The Asia, to go somewhere new Luckily her cousin works on the Asia so she knows someone The sea is so turbulent that she is lucky to get on the last boat with her cousin, the Captain and a few other people and a yo [...]


    19. Christina runs from home unable to get over the loss of her twin brother She boards the steamship Asia which her cousin works on to begin her new life While crossing the Great Lakes a massive storm capsizes the Asia and only a handful of survivors manage to get away in a single lifeboat Sadly , no help comes and they must fight off injuries, shock, cold and no food until just Christina and another young man are left Based on the true sinking of the Steamship Asia in 1882, this is an amazing stor [...]


    20. I m looking around, trying to make sense of where we are and what s going on, when, without warning, a wave the height of s two story house crests over us A curtain of water descends We re thrown to the side, and the boat heels wildly It seems to pause momentarily uncertain whether to flip over or return to stability.The lifeboat flips over I enjoyed this quick read based on the real life wreck of the steamship Asia on Georgian Bay The story begins in the middle of the storm and follows the fate [...]


    21. I got a galley of this through netgalleyI found this book to be quiet boring However, it is a really quick read and I really liked the writting.full review jelkelenaerts 201


    22. A quick read but packing a punch It s 1882 and Seventeen year old Christina, after the death of her twin brother, can t face life as it now is and runs away to board the SS Asia She always runs when life gets hard, but little does she know she is about to meet the biggest challenge her life will ever know The ship hits rough waters and sinks leaving young Christina and another passenger, Duncan, the only 2 survivors Christina must find strength she didn t know she had to survive The loss of life [...]


    23. Thank you for the advanced copy I was really looking forward to reading this book but found it to be a let down The writing didn t flow and the characters didn t feel three dimensional Given the exciting premise, it felt flat I really didn t enjoy the writing style which made it a chore to read.


    24. this book had an interesting premise, but unfortunately it didn t deliver although it was short, i found it painfully boring at times the dialogue tended to be stilted and unnatural, and the writing wasn t great the characters weren t bad per se, but they also weren t amazingly developed and explored.


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