Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley

Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley

by Kate Boehm Jerome
     
 

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In 1864, during the Civil War, the C.S.S. Hunley became the first submarine in the world to sink an enemy ship. The Hunley and its crew mysteriously vanished. What happened on that cold winter night? After over a century, scientists finally have some of the answers.

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In 1864, during the Civil War, the C.S.S. Hunley became the first submarine in the world to sink an enemy ship. The Hunley and its crew mysteriously vanished. What happened on that cold winter night? After over a century, scientists finally have some of the answers.

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Children's Literature
For teachers looking for unusual material to supplement a Civil War unit, this book would be an excellent addition. The South financed and built a submarine. It did set out from the Charleston Harbor to sink one of the wooden ships blockading the harbor. The assault was a success, but the submarine never returned. Jerome provides plenty of information about the earlier unsuccessful trials, the selection and training of the crew, and the final unraveling of the mystery as to the fate of the vessel and its crew. Adult readers may be fascinated by the fifteen-year search that author Clive Cussler spearheaded and his success in locating and raising the sub. While all the answers are not known, there does seem to be some evidence that the crew just ran out of air and died peacefully. Sofo's watercolor illustrations fill every page and reveal what that sub looked like and how people dressed during this period; illustrations then move easily into the recent discoveries and continuing investigations. It is a book that would also be appropriate for kids not reading on grade level or adults just learning to read English. The book is part of the "All Aboard Reading" series, Station Stop 3 for kids reading alone. 2002, Grosset and Dunlap,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-Readers will be immediately engaged with the first lines of this account of the raising of the Hunley on August 8, 2000, and are told that a mystery is about to be solved. Then, step-by-step they are taken back in time to a short discussion of the Civil War, the role of naval blockades, and the dream of James McClintock and Baxter Watson to create an underwater battleship to keep the Southern ports free of Northern ships. The idea did not come quickly to fruition and all of the many difficulties and disappointments are included. The chapters are short but packed with information and, while this is part of an early reading series, there is no sense that the information is simplified. The illustrations, while not compelling, do highlight the drama of the story, showing men swimming away from a sinking ship, fires raging across the decks. This little piece of history is well presented.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448425979
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Penguin Young Readers Level 4 Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
467,790
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Jerome began her career as a high school biology teacher, but from her work developing curricula, she transitioned to book writing and publishing, authoring more than 70 books.

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