A World War II Story of a Sinking Passenger Ship and Two Children's Survival at Sea
By Cheryl Mullenbach


176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF, Trade Paper

Cloth, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

ISBN 9781613738245

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2017)


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Through first-hand accounts, interviews with survivors, powerful images, and primary sources, award-winning children's author Cheryl Mullenbach brings to life the pre-war environment in both America and Europe. Torpedoed! vividly re-creates the events surrounding the sinking of the SS Athenia, the first ship lost in the battle of the Atlantic during World War II. The amazing stories of fear and hope are recounted through the words of two American children onboard that day.


“A gripping tale of disaster at sea.” —Laura Woollett, author of Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth

“An engaging, sometimes-harrowing account of the first casualty in what became known as the Battle of the Atlantic.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Mullenbach’s descriptions of the torpedo strike and subsequent rescue efforts, laced with survivors’ first-person accounts, are immediate and chilling.” —Publishers Weekly

"Loaded with personal details and stories, this true-life survival tale will increase interest in the Second World War."—School Library Journal

“both a gripping adventure story and a rich resource for history buffs.”—Learning magazine

Author Biography

Cheryl Mullenbach is the award-winning author of Double Victory, The Great Depression for Kids, The Industrial Revolution for Kids, and Women in Blue. She is a former history teacher, librarian, public television project manager, and social studies consultant. She lives in Panora, Iowa.