When his father is killed fighting for the Union in the War Between the States, thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll must take a job to help support his family. He manages to find work at a bustling ironworks in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where dozens of men are frantically pounding together the strangest ship Tom has ever seen. A ship made of iron.
Tom becomes assista
By Nick Nourse
This book takes place in the mid – late 1800’s during the Civil War. On a naval ship called the Monitor. This book is based on eye witness accounts and there really was a Tom Carroll on the monitor.
The two main characters in this book are Tom Carroll & Captain Ericsson.
Tom is young boy (13) whose father recently died for his country during the civil war. Tom is now forced to support his family (mom & sister) by getting a job in the navy. He start ...more
Predict: I predicted in this book that the end was going to be a standoff,I also predicted that they would come up short in the first battle. One other thing I predicted that Tom was going to have a tough tim ...more
Tom’s father has just passed away and his family is going through are hard time and is tight on money. So Tom strays away from the local paper route and finds a job in the nearby shipyards. The job that Tom ends up finding is more than interesting. Tom ends up working on an Ironcla ...more
Tom w ...more
Tom Carroll is the thirteen-year-old, newspaper boy who is forced to take a job as assistant to the invento ...more
Tom Carroll is thirteen year old boy that just lost his father fighting for the Union. Now he is living with his mother and his sister, Dora. His mother and Dora both work, cleaning laundry. Dora is always getting sick, though, so because his father is now gone Tom has to get a job. His mother got him a job through the man she worked for. Tom worked at the iron works as a messenger boy for Captain Ericsson, where the Union was building The Monitor . The Monitor is a ship made of iron with a...more
1862 -- Tom and his mother and sister are trying to make ends meet after the death of Mr. Carroll on the battlefield. Tom's paper route after school can't contribute enough so he must quit school and go to work in the Navy Yards. He expects to work in the c ...more
This book would be best read for independent reading for grades 4 through 6th. This book shows how the War Between the States, effected many families. Tom's f ...more
By: Avi (author)
The book is about a kid named Tom Carroll and he is 13 years old. His Mom and older sister are having trouble with money after the dad gets killed fighting for the Union. Then Tom has to work to get money for his family. He has to work in making an Iron battleship ,called the Monitor to fight the Rebels, which are the bad guys. But the Rebs start spying on Tom and they threaten him so they can find the secret about the Iron boat they are making, to know their att ...more
There is much to like about this text. First, Avi took time to research the real history and cites numerous sources. I especially like his notes that he added to the beginning and the end of the book. It seemed that being as accura ...more
This book was written to show what life was like during the civil war, and about the first ironclad ships. Many ...more
Read Aloud- This would be an interesting pick for reading to older elementary when learning about the Civil War, though I'm sure ...more
Complicating his life is a Confederate spy who acts like he wants to make friend with Tom and offers him money for information on the Monitor. That situation gets worse until, later in the book, it erupts into viole ...more
Considering how much of the book is spent watching the ship get built, it’s surprisingly exciting. I found myself really thinking about the extraordinary idea that we can get enormous amounts of iron to float. Avi does a great job of capturing the cu ...more