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Ebook Second Watch by Karen Autio read! Book Title: Second Watch
The author of the book: Karen Autio
Edition: Sono Nis Press
Date of issue: September 13th 2013
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"Saara, this will be a travelling year for you!"

Saara wants so much to go to Finland with her family, to see the grandparents she has never met and the places her mother speaks about with such longing. One misfortune after another nibbles at the savings. Still, bit by bit, the coins keep falling into the coffee-tin bank. Saara's hopes rise higher and higher. But why does her beloved Papa scold and storm and talk of looking forward, not back, whenever she mentions the trip?

A travelling year, Uncle Arvo predicted. But not the kind of travelling anyone could have foreseen. Before the year is up, Saara will have learned, not so much about where she has come from, as about how far it is possible for her to go.

Second Watch is based on true details of Finnish immigrant culture and the sinking of the great Empress of Ireland. Over the eight years that this Canadian Pacific steamship sailed the Atlantic Ocean, it transported more than 117,000 passengers to Canada. The sinking of the Empress on May 29, 1914, remains Canada's worst maritime disaster during peacetime. Of 1,477 passengers and crew on board, 1,012 were lost – more passengers than in the sinking of the Titanic. Yet the Empress of Ireland and its fate remain little known to most Canadians.

Autio's novel, the first work of juvenile fiction to feature the Empress of Ireland, is set in 1914 in the Finnish immigrant community within Port Arthur (now part of Thunder Bay). Young readers will be drawn into eleven-year-old Saara's world. They will travel with her as she navigates a challenging time in her life at home – and as she boards the Empress of Ireland on May 28, 1914.

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Ebook Second Watch read Online! Karen Autio is the author of a narrative nonfiction picture book called GROWING UP IN WILD HORSE CANYON, an illustrated chapter book called KAH-LAN, THE ADVENTUROUS SEA OTTER, and a trilogy of historical novels for young readers. She writes about events in Canada’s history that haven’t had much attention: Okanagan history, the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, tuberculosis and living in a sanatorium; spies, sabotage and internment during the First World War.

Karen also focuses on the value of family stories and heritage. When her Finnish-Canadian grandmother gave her a silver spoon and told her its tale, Karen had no idea it would lead her into a whole novel's worth of words. She learned that her grandmother's Finnish friends had members of their family from Port Arthur who died in the wreck of the Empress of Ireland. Karen researched the steamship and wove the ship's story into fictional Saara's life in SECOND WATCH.

When Karen asked her Finnish-Canadian grandparents to record their life stories, she was given a glimpse of her grandmother's brave yet mysterious battle against tuberculosis as a young mother. The idea for SAARA'S PASSAGE took tangible shape after Karen read letters written by her grandmother to her infant daughter, Karen's mother, letters that were discovered after her grandmother's death.

SAARA'S PASSAGE is the sequel to SECOND WATCH, and both books were shortlisted for the BC Chocolate Lily Award.

The third book in the trilogy about the Finnish-Canadian Mäki family is SABOTAGE. Told by both Saara and her brother John, SABOTAGE takes readers into a real-life world of espionage, sabotage, and paranoia in Canada in 1915!

Karen grew up in Nipigon, ON, and now lives in Kelowna, BC. For more information, visit and
View her author video where she speaks about SABOTAGE:

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Rarely do the books make me cry, but this one could.


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