REMEMBER THE LUSITANIA! by Diana Preston

REMEMBER THE LUSITANIA!

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1915, three years after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, the Lusitania was preparing for her 101st eastward crossing of the Atlantic. “Big Lusy” was famous for its first-class accommodations—salons, staterooms, and suites modeled upon the palaces of Europe. But war was on in Europe, and there had been threats on the safety of the great ship. Preston trims her longer work for adults and here focuses on three children—Avis Dolphin, Frank Hook, and Audrey Pearl. Carefully chosen details about the Lusitania and the parallel story of the German submarine stalking the ship make for a well-constructed, lively account, though she does gloss over the fact that the Lusitania was, indeed, carrying ammunition. A torpedo struck, sending the great ship to the bottom of the ocean in 18 minutes, drowning 1198 passengers and crewmembers. The epilogue makes a connection with the attacks of 9/11. The dramatic cover will entice readers, and the exciting narrative will keep them riveted. (appendix, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8027-8846-7
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2003




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