Author(s): Shirley Corlett
A rejacketed and retitled edition of a bestselling My Story book, formerly titled Abandon Ship!
Debbie Atherton keeps a diary and writes to it as if it were a pen pal, telling of her frustrations at school, of her older cousin Val and her exciting life, and of her home life. When she gets glandular fever she is sent to Christchurch to recuperate, accompanied by Val. Val and Debbie return to Wellington on the Wahine. During the night of the storm, as the Wahine lolls in the entrance to Wellington harbour, Val and Debbie become separated. Each experiences the tragic night of the sinking of the Wahine in different ways and not all of the group survive. Afterwards Debbie finds comfort in talking to her friend Bronwyn about her experiences — the feelings of guilt at their survival and the horror of watching others struggle to survive.
“This is a highly readable account of a 12 year old girl’s reactions not only to the horrors of the disaster but also to the day by day events of the late 1960s” — Around the Bookshops
Shirley Corlett has researched this story carefully and drawn on a wide range of actual accounts reported by passengers. Her earlier works are, The Stolen, Through Thick and Thin, Addie Accident and The Weather-Makers.