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The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

Deborah Heiligman; read by Marisa Calin

Macmillan Young Listeners



Macmillan Young Listeners

Macmillan Audio

On Sale: 10/08/2019

ISBN: 9781250233905


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


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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.

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Deborah Heiligman; read by Marisa Calin

Deborah Heiligman has written many books for children, including Printz Honor and YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, National Book Award Finalist Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, and The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives with her family in New York City.

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