Winner of a
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011 List
Journal Best Books of 2010
Sixteen-year-old Celestia spends
every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh,
a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an
earthen dam. Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim
and fish with Peter, the hotel’s hired boy. It’s a friendship she
must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it’s a
love that could get Celestia disowned. These affairs of the heart
become all the more wrenching on a single, tragic day in May, 1889.
After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing 20 million tons
of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below. The town
where Peter lives with his father. The town where Celestia has just
arrived to join him. This searing novel in poems explores a
cross-class romance—and a tragic event in U.S. history.
Your task is very simple:
You are to follow the links below to get a better understanding of
the Johnstown Flood of 1889.
Many of the websites that you
will be visiting hold a vast amount of information about the flood and
the time period. However, because we are pressed for time, it
will be up to you to decide how much time you are to spend on each
You are welcome to visit this
site again from home if you would like to learn more. However,
use your time wisely to complete this project during your assigned
lab time before you go off course exploring.
Here are some things to
remember while answering you questions:
- Read each webpage
- Answer your questions
carefully and accurately.
- Use complete
- Take your time and be
Click here to access a copy of
the worksheet if you don't already one.
Okay, let's get started!
First let's make sure you
understand what you need to do. The links on the left are for you to
explore. It is important that you read carefully. You
aren't only reading for the answers, but to get a better
understanding about life during the late 19th century and the
So get your pencil, paper, and
reading eyes ready for the quest! If you get lost, just click on the
back button of the browser or ask Mrs. Feniello or Miss Cook for