A Titanic story

Local students enjoyed meeting the author. - submitted photo
Local students enjoyed meeting the author.
— image credit: submitted photo

The Fernie Heritage Library hosted a special event for middle school students last week, when an author came to Fernie to talk about his latest book, based on the Titanic.

Hugh Brewster captures the tragedy of the famous ship in his novel, The Deadly Voyage, with historical accuracy and real-life drama. He uses his extensive knowledge of the Titanic, which he gathered while writing Inside the Titanic and 882 1/2 Amazing Answers To Your Questions About the Titanic, to create the novel.

The Deadly Voyage is part of the popular I Am Canada series, which uses events in Canadian history as a backdrop to exciting adventures of daring young men.  The book focuses on 14 year old Jamie Laidlaw, who has no idea that his world is about to turn up-side down, until he finds himself in the icy waters of the north Atlantic watching the “unsinkable” ship go down.

Brewster, a well-known Canadian writer of historical non-fiction for young people, toured six Kootenay libraries at the end of September.

There were 65 middle school students at the author reading at the Fernie Heritage Library on September 29, from Isabella Dicken Elementary School and the Fernie Academy.


He has received many highly respected awards for his non-fiction, including the: Silver Birch and Red Cedar Awards for Anastasia’s Album, Information Book Award for On Juno Beach, and Norma Fleck Award for At Vimy Ridge.



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