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Lifeboat 12 Paperback – Import, 3 September 2019
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* "This stirring novel-in-verse based on a true story is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form." ― School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Brilliantly told in verse, readers will love Ken Sparks." -- Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor winner
"Told in verse, the story of LIFEBOAT 12 is lyrical, terrifying, and even at times funny. A richly detailed account of a little-known event in World War II." -- Kirkus Reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Middle-grade Titanic fans, here’s your next read." -- BCCB
“A captivating tale of the triumph of the human spirit. I felt transported to the open ocean, and cold to my bones!” -- Leslie Connor, author of THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE
A 2019 Golden Kite Middle Grade Fiction Award Winner
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (3 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481468847
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481468848
- Reading age : 8 - 13 years
- Item Weight : 231 g
- Dimensions : 13.02 x 2.54 x 19.37 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought the book because I'd actually heard of this story, when the City of Benares, the ship full of evacuee British children was torpedoed in the North Atlantic on its way to Canada in 1940.
Knowing it was written in verse, I didn't expect it to be as much of a page-turner as it proved to be. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it, so be warned - your child might too. Hood's research is thorough, as she shows from the end pages of the book, which give her sources, and photos of the ship and children in question. But you never feel she's feeding you history - it all emerges as part of this boy's observations.
As a Brit, I have an eagle eye for non-British usages by American authors, but Hood has nailed it (with some help from her British friends - cited in the acknowledgements). Buy one for every young person you know, or maybe for yourself. It's irresistible.