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Torpedoed

Torpedoed

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

Deborah Heiligman

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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 sail for Canada with one hundred children on board.

When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children's Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.

CHAPTER 1

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 day....

Praise for Torpedoed

"An exceptionally well-researched and impressively crafted tale of desperation, tragedy, and survival." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

"Extensively documented accounts tell of harrowing escapes, incredible heroism, tragic accidents, eventual rescues, and the gruesome aftermath . . . the real-time unfolding of events is compelling, and young audiences will relate to these stories about students their own age." —Booklist, starred review, on Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

"Nonfiction maestro Heiligman here tells a riveting wartime story. . . . Heiligman builds and maintains suspense while remaining scrupulously faithful to the historical record." —Horn Book, starred review, on Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

"a harrowing yet inspiring look at a little-covered historical event" —Publishers Weekly on Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

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Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman has written many books for children, including Printz Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner, and Boston Globe - Horn Book 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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