Lifeboat 12

Lifeboat 12

By Susan Hood

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In the tradition of The War That Saved My Life and Stella By Starlight, this poignant novel in verse based on true events tells the story of a boy’s harrowing experience on a lifeboat after surviving a torpedo attack during World War II.

With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones—one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada.

Life aboard the luxury ship is grand—nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger.

They’re wrong.

Late that night, an explosion hurls Ken from his bunk. They’ve been hit. Torpedoed! The Benares is sinking fast. Terrified, Ken scrambles aboard Lifeboat 12 with five other boys. Will they get away? Will they survive?

Award-winning author Susan Hood brings this little-known World War II story to life in a riveting novel of courage, hope, and compassion. Based on true events and real people, Lifeboat 12 is about believing in one another, knowing that only by banding together will we have any chance to survive.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9781481468848
ISBN-10: 1481468847
Published on 9/3/2019
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 336

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Lifeboat 12 is a book about Ken and his dad, sister, and step mom. He's going to Canada to get out of world war ll. Three days into the trip he and 19 boys and girls get torpedoed. He runs to his lifeboat but forgot his coat so he runs back to his bunk and grabs his coat but his lifeboat left without him so he joins lifeboat 12. They had two weeks until they got to Ireland. They saw a plane and a boat but one plane saw them and saved them. Then when they got back to land no one in his family was there to bring him home so one of the people in lifeboat 12 brought him to a gas station and his dad was there to bring him home.

Wow! This books sounds really interesting! I should check this out from the library!

Really good book- keeps you in suspense EVERY page :)

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