Bluenose Adventure

by Jacqueline Halsey

illustrated by Eric Orchard

Share in the adventure and excitement of a young boy's life aboard a working ship, the Bluenose on the Grand Banks

Here's a true-to-life adventure story. Arty is a 10-year-old boy who gets the chance of a lifetime -- he's hired to go on the maiden voyage of the famous schooner Bluenose in 1921. Young readers will delight in joining along with Arty as he learns his way around the ship amidst the dangers, excitement and intrigue of working on a fishing schooner. When Arty climbs to the top of a mast and spots another ship heading toward Bluenose on a collision course, even the captain is grateful for his help. Once he's back in Bluenose's home port of Lunenburg, Arty has a real adventure to share with his family and friends.

In this story, based on the real experiences of young boys who worked on board Bluenose in the 1920s, Jacqueline Halsey has created a book that celebrates the story of the ship and her famous captain Angus Walters.

About the Authors

Jacqueline Halsey
Jacqueline Halsey

JACQUELINE HALSEY was born in London, England. After several globetrotting years she and her family discovered Nova Scotia and they have lived there ever since. For many years, she worked as a programmer in the youth services department of Alderney Gate Library, Halifax. She is the author of Peggy's Letters, a Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" starred selection, and nominated for both the Hackmatack Children's Choice Award and the Rocky Mountain Children's Book Award and an Honour Book in the 2007 Silver Birch Express Award.

ERIC ORCHARD is an illustrator living in Toronto. He won the Halifax Mayor's Award for Book Illustration and his work has been included in the Society of Illustrators annual competition and exhibition.


"Bluenose Adventure is a wonderful story that shows how a small act of kindness can make a big difference."
Crystal Sutherland,, Canadian Review of Materials
"... stands on its own merit as an adventure story but is also full of details about how cod fishing was conducted in 1920s Atlantic Canada.... Illustrations by Eric Orchard are striking, matching the mood of the weather and nature."
Laura Reilly,, Resource LInks

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