It's 1776, and the Revolutionary War is raging. Fourteen-year-old Nathan Wade is a patriot, but he's too young to join the fight. Then his cousin David Bushnell comes to town with a secret. David has designed a water machine that can explode bombs underwater. And his mission is to launch it against the British warships in New York harbor.
Nate reluctantly agrees to help David build the weapon of war — dubbed the American Turtle. Although he's terrified of water and worried about getting caught, when unlikely circumstances put Nate at the center of the action, he must face the murky waters of his fears head-on.
Based on actual historical events, this adventure story captures the drama of the first submarine used in naval warfare and the struggles of a teenager overcoming self-doubt.
|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Drew Carlson is a former magazine columnist, newspaperreporter, corporate writer, and editor who currently worksas the director of public affairs for the Federation ofState Medical Boards in Dallas, Texas. Drew says hisfascination with obscure facts from American history ledhim to write Attack of the Turtle, which is hisfirst published novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am an adult who happens to love children's literature as well as history. Consequently, I read Attack of the Turtle, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Turtle is similar in feeling to the American Girls historical novels but likely to interest boys of the same age (although girls will enjoy it too). The book is well written, engaging, interesting, and fun. After I finished it, I found myself wanting to learn more, not only about the characters the author had created but also about the historical events on which the book is based. My 9-year-old niece read the book too and, afterward, also wanted to know more. An author whose books leave readers wanting MORE has created something magical, in my opinion. I hope Mr. Carlson has many more stories in mind!
I was excited by the premise - I don't normally care for historical fiction, but I enjoy when little known or talked about in your run of the mill textbook are explored in a novel. However, this just fell flat for me. While the story was enagaging, the pace was off and seemed to drag and then race to certain plot points. None of the characters ever clicked with me and I had a hard time investing in the story because of it. Not a first pick unless you need something very specific on this time period.