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Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
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it was amazing
bookshelves: world-war-2, children-s-lit, poetry

Absolutely fantastic, gripping book - written in verse from the POV of a 13-year-old boy, Ken Sparks.
I bought the book because I'd actually heard of this story, when the City of Benares, the ship full of evacuee British children was torpedoed in the North Atlantic on its way to Canada in 1940.
Knowing it was written in verse, I didn't expect it to be as much of a page-turner as it proved to be. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it, so be warned - your child might too. Hood's research is thorough, as she shows from the end pages of the book, which give her sources, and photos of the ship and children in question. But you never feel she's feeding you history - it all emerges as part of this boy's observations.
As a Brit, I have an eagle eye for non-British usages by American authors, but Hood has nailed it (with some help from her British friends - cited in the acknowledgements). Buy one for every young person you know, or maybe for yourself. It's irresistible.
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Reading Progress

September 10, 2018 – Started Reading
September 12, 2018 – Finished Reading
September 13, 2018 – Shelved
September 13, 2018 – Shelved as: world-war-2
September 13, 2018 – Shelved as: children-s-lit
September 13, 2018 – Shelved as: poetry

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