Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood is based on a true story from WWII, and is very well done.
Thirteen-year-old Ken is being sent away from London to Canada to be safe from Nazi bombing. The SS City of Benares was a luxury cruise ship and the kids are amazed at the food and are having a wonderful time. Five days out, the adults relax as they are now out of danger. But then the ship is torpedoed. Ken and five other boys get into Lifeboat 12 to escape the sinking ship. Will they survive?
Lifeboat 12 has been named a 2019 ALSC Notable Book and a 2019 Bank Street Best Book of the Year.
This is author Susan Hood’s debut middle grade novel, although she’s written many others. Read about her here and read about her other picture books and early readers here.
6 thoughts on “Lifeboat 12”
I’m a big fan of stories centered around WWII. Thanks for sharing this one and I’ve added it to my list of books to read this summer.
Thanks for introducing me to Lifeboat! I love to read the many WWII survival stories.
Wow. I recall a WWII movie by Hitchcock called Lifeboat. It was great and also dreary. This MG is a revelation.
This sounds like a thrilling story! I can’t believe it’s true. Thanks for the recommendation!
This is such a great book! Definitely worth a read!
Wow. This sounds terrific. I will have to pick this one up. Thanks for the review.
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