The 1915 Western Electric Employee Picnic is the social highlight of the year in Cicero, Illinois. Five steamers wait to ferry seven thousand passengers to the picnic grounds in Michigan City, Indiana. As teenager Dee Pageau packs her picnic basket and prepares to board the SS Eastland, she anticipates this will be the best day of her life. Dee hopes to spend time with her best friend, Mae Koznecki-but she also wants to get to know Mae's handsome brother, Karel, a little better. Dee has no idea that in a matter of hours, tragedy will strike.
Despite her mother's dark premonition that death awaits her if she boards the SS Eastland, Dee decides the risk is worth a chance for more time with Karel. Dee's excitement quickly turns to terror, though, when the ship capsizes at the dock, threatening the lives of everyone on board. Rescued from certain death-not once, but twice-by Karel and a mysterious stranger, Dee soon discovers that Mae is nowhere to be found. Dee can only sit back and wait to hear if she is trapped in the flooding bowels of the capsized ship or worse yet, dead.
In this captivating historical tale, Dee takes a coming-of-age journey like no other as she soon realizes that surviving the disaster is only the beginning.
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Review: Merely DeeUser Review - Cherie Colyer - Goodreads
Merely Dee is a wonderful tale of a young girl's survival of one of the worst disasters in Chicago's history. Marian Cheatham has done a wonderful job of weaving Dee's story into the events of that ... Read full review
Review: Merely DeeUser Review - Jane - Goodreads
I was curious about the event that this story is about. A tragedy as big as what they say should have been more prevalent in Illinois history. As someone who grew up in Illinois, I was surprised that ... Read full review