In June 1940, Ken Sparks boards the SS City of Benares, a luxury liner, heading to Canada to live with his aunt. It is to as part of the British war effort to save their children and move them to safe harbors around the world. Now five days at sea, the crew believes the ship is safe, but it is not. The Germans torpedo the ship, forcing everyone to scramble into lifeboats. Ken boards Lifeboat #12 with six other boys, a priest, and some crew from the ship. Now they are adrift at sea trying to survive. Their only hope is to drift into land before they run out of resources or succumb to disease.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
Lifeboat 12, based on a true story, is a great read. Full of action from start to finish, it is both inspiring and terrifying. The book shows what a little food, water, and huge amounts of determination can achieve.
For World War II and survival story enthusiasts, this is a "must read." It would also be a great choice for anyone feeling down or needing inspiration. I highly recommend this amazing book to readers 11 and older. It may be a little long for younger readers. Even though there is nothing graphic or explicit, the story may be a little scary to some because of its realism.
Ken Sparks brings you into his life from the get-go. The emotions, the excitement, and the fear. This is a story that even the most vocal "history is boring" person will find compelling.
This is a well-researched, historical fiction story about Great Britain's Children's Overseas Reception Board program and what happened to one ship filled with children heading to Canada.
The individual characters are fictional, but the event is real. If readers are interested in this story, encourage them to learn more about it. If they are interested in little-known historical events, definitely talk with your local librarian. They will find exceptional titles that are appropriate for your reader.
10 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Borrow. If you are a history enthusiast or love stories in verse, this is a must buy.
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2019 (Reprint Edition)|
|Genres||Adventure, Historical Fiction, Transportation - Boat, 1940s & 1950s, War, Europe | European People|