Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children's Survival at Sea

Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children's Survival at Sea

by Cheryl Mullenbach
Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children's Survival at Sea

Torpedoed!: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children's Survival at Sea

by Cheryl Mullenbach

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Overview

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2018

A gripping adventure story and a rich resource for history lovers

When 14-year-old Florence Kelly and 11-year-old Russell Park left their hometowns for summer vacations in Europe in 1939, they considered themselves awfully lucky. Many of their friends’ families were struggling during the Great Depression and couldn’t afford fancy trips. But the young pair would soon face life-threatening troubles of their own as it became clear German dictator Adolf Hitler was intent on invading neighboring countries.

With tensions high, Florence, Russell, and their families cut their holidays short as many Americans scrambled to book passage back to the States. Safely aboard the luxurious passenger liner the S.S. Athenia, travelers settled in and breathed a sigh of relief. Surely, it was believed, the sleek, menacing German U-boats lurking in the Atlantic Ocean would never attack a passenger ship . . . would they?
 
Torpedoed! vividly re-creates the events surrounding the attack on the Athenia, the first ship lost in the battle of the Atlantic. Through firsthand accounts, interviews with survivors, and powerful photos, award-winning author Cheryl Mullenbach brings to life the prewar environment in America and Europe, the anxious days leading up to the surprise attack, the frantic rush to escape the sinking ship, and the long, terrifying night that Russell, Florence, and others spent in churning lifeboats battling the elements and imagining the worst.

Torpedoed! provides page-turning thrills and inspiring real-life examples of courage and resourcefulness in the toughest of circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641605724
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cheryl Mullenbach is the award-winning author of Double VictoryThe Great Depression for KidsThe Industrial Revolution for Kids, and Women in Blue. She is a former history teacher, librarian, public television project manager, and social studies consultant. She lives in Panora, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

1 A Kid's World 1

2 World at the Brink of War 11

3 Great Value for Your Travel Dollar 21

4 Frantic Escape 35

5 Attack at Sea 49

6 Night of Terror 63

7 Incredible Rescue 75

8 The Wait 87

9 Welcome Home 103

10 Uncovered Secrets 117

Epilogue 127

Acknowledgments 133

Time Line 135

Notes 137

Bibliography 149

Index 153

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