A young readers edition of Doug Stanton and Michael J. Tougias' New York Times bestseller In Harm’s Way―a riveting World War II account of the greatest maritime disaster in US naval history.
On July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and hallucinations.
By the time rescue arrived, all but 316 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? And how did these 316 men manage to survive against all odds?
This thrilling wartime account of heroism and survival, Book 5 in the True Rescue narrative nonfiction series, is inspiring and unforgettable―the perfect choice for young adventure-seekers.---from the publisher
240 pages 978-1250771322 Ages 9-14
Keywords: American history, World War II, naval history, U.S. Navy, ships, rescue, narrative nonfiction, part of a series, reluctant reader, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, disasters, survival