Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benaresset out in a convoy of nineteen ships sailing for Canada. On board were ninety CORB children, chaperones, and crew, along with paying passengers. When the war ships escorting the Benares to safe waters peeled off, and the way forward seemed certain, a German submarine attacked and torpedoed the Benares. What followed is an amazing example of all that people are capable of—the worst, and the best.
Author’s note. List of people in the book. “After the Voyage.” Select bibliography. Endnotes. Index. Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and reproductions.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Finalist
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
The Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction Books - 2019
YALSA Award Honoree - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine*, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
9" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
City of Benares (ship), World War II (1939–1945), Evacuation of British children during World War II, Evacuation of civilians, German naval operations during World War II, Shipwrecks (North Atlantic Ocean), Personal narratives, Great Britain, England, Military history,