A Terrible Tide

  • Pages:208
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Newfoundland Tsunami, 1929 Earthquake, 1929 Grand Banks, 1929 Newfoundland Tsunami
  • Available:09/28/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:630L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:S

November 18th, 1929. In her small village in Newfoundland, Celia is setting the table for her 13th birthday celebration when the house starts to shake. It's an earthquake, rumbling under the Atlantic Ocean. A few hours later, the sea water disappears from the harbor, only to rush back in a wave almost 30 feet high, destroying nearly everything in its path. Buildings, boats, and winter supplies of fish and food are washed away, and Celia and her community are devastated. With their only phone line cut off and no safe route to get help, they are isolated and facing a long, cold, hungry winter.

Their house destroyed and village in ruins, Celia and her family must band together and share the work needed for the community to survive. Can Celia find the courage to help her injured loved ones? Will help arrive before it's too late

Based on the true story of an earthquake that shook Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula, A Terrible Tide tells the tale of this forgotten disaster from the point of view of a young girl whose life is turned upside down.

"...this dramatic story of one family’s fight to survive a horrific disaster, shown through the eyes of a 13-year-old, will keep 9 to 12-year-old readers engaged"
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
★ “…the tale will transfix readers with both the adventure of the tidal wave and its aftermath and the many historical details that bring to life an isolated but close-knit fishing community…Gripping and strengthening.”
– Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
★ "Told in episodic journal form through the eyes of Celia, this narrative is filled with all the emotional highs and lows a survivor endures in the midst, and aftermath, of a natural disaster."
"With an ending that is both tender and hopeful, A Terrible Tide provides young readers with a glimpse of how a determined girl can find the inner strength to cope with the unexpected in a world turned upside down."

"A compelling and engaging novel of historical fiction for 9- to 14-year-olds, set in a time and place many will not know, but the characters, especially the young people, feel and behave in ways that all children will understand."

– Parry Sound North Star
Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for English Fiction   | 2023  |  Short-listed
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens, Spring 2022   | 2022  |  Short-listed
Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Diamond Willow Award   | 2023  |  Short-listed