Secrets of a Civil War Submarine


Secrets of a Civil War Submarine       History holds many awesome stories.  The tale of the civil war submarine, the H.L. Hunley, is one of the best.  In 1864, after sinking the U.S.S. Housatonic, she assured a place in history as the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle.  But immediately after doing so, the Hunley vanished.   In the years that followed, the missing submarine acquired legendary status.   Her discovery on the sea floor, in 1995, rocked the world of American history—even more so when archaeologists realized that her hull was completely intact.

Viewing the Hunley, in Charleston, South Carolina, and speaking with her new crew—a team of top-notch scientists—was the beginning of an adventure that led me to Washington D.C.  There, I visited the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Naval Historical Center.  In each place I learned fascinating bits and pieces of information, every one adding another layer to an already incredible tale.  By the time I finished my research, the Hunley’s story included innovative thinkers, an amazing invention, three tragic sinkings, a sunken warship, eight skeletons, a mysterious identification tag, a funeral procession, and gold.  When it comes to material for story-telling, who could ask for anything more?  I hope readers will find the journey as extraordinary as I did.

Awards and Honors:
Book Links Lasting Connections of 2008
Robert F. Sibert Medal 2006
ALA Notable Book 2006
BCCB 2006 Blue Ribbon Book
2006 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
Bank Street College Best Childrens Books of the Year
Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books 2005
Master List 2007 Rebecca Caudill Award
Master List 2007 Kentucky Blue Grass Award
2007 New Mexico Battle of the Books
VOYA Nonfiction Honor list, 2006
2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teenage
Tayshas Reading List 2006-2007
Book Links 2005 Lasting Connection
Capitol Choices Children’s Book 2006
Winner 2006 Children’s Nonfiction Award, Society of Midland Authors
Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist 2006

ISBN 9781575058306 hc; 9780739338940 audio Carolrhoda Books

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