The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
Deborah Heiligman; read by Marisa Calin
Macmillan Young Listeners
From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.
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 Benares set 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.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
The Noise of War
SEPTEMBER 17, 1940, NIGHTTIME
IN THE MID-ATLANTIC Ocean, a German war submarine has an ocean liner in its sights. The U-boat commander and his crew have been following the ship all...
MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse: Social Studies Class with Deborah Heiligman and Karen Blumenthal
Join award-winning non-fiction writers Deborah Heiligman (Torpedoed) and Karen Blumenthal (Bootleg and Jane Against the World) as they discuss lesser-known historical tales—from the rise and fall of prohibition to the WWII group of ordinary children turned heroes after a fateful event.Share This