edmund fitagerald

The Edmund Fitzgerald

The Song of the Bell

Sleeping Bear Press  |  2003  |  48 pages

Leaving port from Superior, Wisconsin on a sunny November day, the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald is looking forward to a routine crossing of deep Lake Superior. Heading for a port in Cleveland, the giant transport ship is loaded with ore that will be used to build cars. But disaster is building in the wind as a gale storm begins to track after the great ship. This suspenseful retelling of the last hours of the doomed vessel pays homage to all sailors who traverse deep waters, in fair skies and foul. 

..this is a well-written and beautifully illustrated piece of history. Recommended.
— Library Media Connection

...Wargin uses the ship’s bell as a unifying focus for the story. When the ship was at sea, the bronze bell clanged every four hours to signal the watch change, and later, The battered bell rang as the storm held its grip— / It rang for the men at the heart of the ship...
— Booklist

Awards &  Honors

Short List, 2004 Michigan Notable Books List

Winner, 2004 Michigan Reading Association Great Lakes Book Award Honor Book 4th & 5th grade

Nominee,  2003 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards Nonfiction Art and Scholarship Category


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