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Children's LiteratureThe compelling narrative of this historical picture book tells the story of love, courage and persistence. George Dixon received a "lucky" coin from his true love, Queenie Bennett shortly before leaving for the Battle of Shiloh during the American Civil War. The coin, which he placed in his pocket, saved his life when a bullet tore through his leg. After this, he always kept his "lucky coin" with him. George became convinced that an underwater vessel could win the war for the Confederacy. With much persistence, determination and hard-work George and other builders made the dream come true. They called their "fish boat" the H. L. Hunley after the wealthy Southern benefactor who helped pay for the submarine. The Hunley was sunk in a fierce battle and ended up on the bottom of Charleston Harbor where it remained for over 100 years. Clive Cussler, an underwater archeologist, took on the task of raising the Hunley. The remaining story tells of his endeavors to raise this submarine. Among the ruins hundreds of artifacts were also discovered including George Dixon's "lucky" coin. The narrative is enriched with beautiful color illustrations and actual photographs of the raising of the H. L. Hunley. This is an excellent book for both elementary and middle schools. A timeline and endnotes are also included. 2004, Thomson/Gale Publishers, Ages 8 up.