Wish Me Luckby James Heneghan
Jamie Monaghan wishes the war would hurry up and arrive in Liverpool. Despite the nightly air raids, the food rationing, and the gas masks he and his friends have to carry with them at all times, World War II has had little effect on life in Jamie's neighborhood. Jamie longs for a taste of the drama and excitement he hears about every night on the radio.
Soon the war hits a little too close to home. Fearing for Jamie's safety, his parents arrange for him to travel to Canada aboard the City of Benares, a ship carrying 100 young British evacuees. But in wartime, danger lurks in the most unexpected places. Instead of carrying Jamie away from the front lines, the ship brings him closer to battle than he or his parents ever would have dreamed possible. Before his voyage is complete, Jamie's courage and heroism will be put to the test, and his life will be changed forever.
In the development of several strong characters Heneghan's writing really shines, particularly in the friendship that emerges between Bleeker and Jamie. It's a great adventure tale that would be exciting enough if it weren't also based on the real sinking of the City of Benares during WW IIan author's note presents the facts. A fine work of historical fiction.
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Imagine yourself living during World War II and you are 13 years old. Sounds pretty scary, doesn¿t it; well that is what Jamie Monachan and his friends went through. In Wish Me Luck by James Heneghan, Jamie is getting pretty scared because the war is getting pretty close to Liverpool; this is where Jamie lives. Jamie¿s parents are getting nervous, so they want Jamie to go on a ship to Canada. Jamie doesn¿t want to go; he wants to stay with his parents. His parents eventually make him go on the ship. Jamie has to share a room with Tom Bleeker who is Jamie¿s enemy. The two go through hard times and have many problems on their way to Canada, like Jamie gets sick and Bleeker won¿t take a shower. I would recommend this book for 6 to 8th grade boys. Matt H.