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2020 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.

Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set out in a convoy of 19 ships sailing for Canada. On board were 90 CORB children, chaperones, and crew, along with paying passengers. 

When the war ships escorting the Benares to safe waters peeled off and the way forward seemed certain, a German submarine attacked and torpedoed the Benares. What followed is an amazing example of all that people are capable of - the worst, and the best.

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©2019 Deborah Heiligman (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • 05-05-2021

great story, perfect length,

it kept me entertained and went into depth. loved it. 5/5 stars. speaker was great.

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