A Technology Race - Civil War Style


Did you know that the Civil War had a military technology race? When the North realizes that the South has gained a powerful new war-winning weapon, the Yankees must race against time to create their own powerful ironclad ship. Sometimes, these ships work as needed. Other times, it all depended on the wits of the sailors to bring the North to victory.  

BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
I like how descriptive yet clear the narration is. Even without drawings, the book would be highly entertaining and informational. However, the illustrations make it even more appealing to students who characterize history as "boring names and dates."

Truthfully, there wasn’t a lot to not like. The print was a little bit small and the pages seemed a little crammed full of picture boxes, but neither of those really were an issue. Even those who don’t enjoy learning history will be interested after reading a few pages. With Nathan Hale’s style of storytelling and drawing, following the North’s efforts to defeat the South will never be a chore. I learned a lot from reading Big Bad Ironclad! and would encourage others to try any of the titles in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Humor and comic-style storytelling combine to create an engaging way to introduce lesser-known Civil War history to upper elementary and middle school readers. 

Content Awareness Factors:

Although graphic novels offer a visual means of storytelling that is helpful for reluctant and remedial readers, the pages in the Hazardous Tales series are very "busy" with lots of activity in the imagery and text, too.

Type of Book:
This is the second title in a graphic novel series that introduces lesser-known elements of major historical events. It is a nonfiction book that can help struggling readers [high interest/low readability option].
Educational Themes:

The story is a great way to pique readers' interests in learning more about different types of technology - whether transportation or industrial development. Find out what they find most interesting in the story and then head to the library to find other books.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story is interesting and introduces a lesser-known part of the US Civil War, but it is not a book you'll come back to.

Title Big Bad Ironclad!

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, Book 2

Author Nathan Hale
Publisher Abrams Books for Young Readers, Imprint Abrams Books © 2912
Illustrators Nathan Hale
ISBN 9781419703959
Material Hard Cover
Cost $13.99
Genres Science, Transportation, History, Comics | Graphic Novels, War
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