Torpedoed! A Giveaway

Torpedoed: A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children’s Survival at Sea, by Cheryl Mullenbach, published earlier this month with Chicago Review Press.  The exciting story:

On September 3rd, 1939—the same day Britain officially declared war on Germany—the passenger liner SS Athenia was torpedoed by a German U-boat, making it the first UK ship to be attacked by Germany in what was now officially World War II…

In Torpedoed! the true disaster story of the Athenia is told through the lives of 11-year old Russell Park and 14-year-old Florence Kelly, two American children who were returning from vacations abroad with their families. Their adventurous and carefree summers abruptly came to an end as the liner began to sink. The children joined other survivors in lifeboats and rowed towards approaching ships, praying they were allies and not enemies.

Booklist’s review said, “Titanic may be the most famous shipwreck in history, but this account of the Athenia’s last voyage makes its story as memorable.”

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Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at
  1. Wow! I love historical fiction, and this sounds like a page-turner. My 5th graders will love it.

  2. Looks like a great book, I think my daughter would enjoy it.

  3. Looks great! Sounds like a WWII Titanic adventure but hopefully with a happy ending!

  4. As Booklist indicated, the story of RMS Titanic gets more than its fair share of notoriety in the maritime disaster order. I eagerly look forward to reading this chronicle of the SS Athena. For those who enjoy a well crafted YA historical fiction, also surrounding a lesser known wartime shipwreck, the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, I’d recommend “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys.

  5. Wow, this sounds great~ I love a good true-to-life adventure story that has wonderful follow-up conversations built in 🙂

  6. I have never even heard of this. I would love to share this one with my grandkids. Thanks for the heads up and a chance to win a copy.

  7. I have so many students who love reading about WWII. This looks like a great book for them.

  8. That cover is so gorgeous and well-designed! This sounds like it would be an enthralling and scary story!

  9. My son would love this! Sounds great!

  10. This is the sort of story that my students love to read.

  11. I just know my learners would devour this book.