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Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific: The Incredible Story of U.S. Submarines in WWII Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:054542559X
LANGUAGE:English

" Staff PickKathiThis book is full of the action and adventures that the sailors of World War II faced. It begins with the attack on Pearl Harbor told through the eyes of the 15 year old Martin Matthews. Martin lied about his age to enlist in the Navy because he thought working on a ship would be full of adventure and traveling. Marin got more than he bargained for when on December 7, 1941 Japan attacked the United States forcing the country to join World War II. " said.

" Well done for the audience. Danger, action, adventure, and lots of information about much more than subs. " said.

" So cool! This is on my to-buy list! " said.

" Truly fascinating information about the part submarines had during World War II in the Pacific. " said.

" Detailed accounts. Innumerable facts. Well researched. An excellent introduction to the incredible contributions of the silent service after Pearl Harbor. " said.

"DIVE covers the history of submariners in the Pacific in WWII, and what a story it is--defective torpedoes, dramatic rescues, deadly cat-and-mouse with Japanese enemies. Hopkinson takes on a big topic and yet never loses an intimate focus on the experiences of individuals caught up in this most momentous struggle. The author includes the experiences of African American sailors, American nurses (rescued from the Phillippines), and even smuggled animal mascots within the larger narrative. A wonderful, wide-ranging book appropriate not just for young readers but for anyone interested in this topic." said.

"The story: Here's the true tale of submariners in World War 2 - the branch of the military with the highest casualty rate of the entire war...22%. Meet the men who lived and worked (and often died) undersea in the fight to defeat the Japanese in the Pacific, and discover ships that had personalities of their own before they all too frequently went to the bottom with all hands.

June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence PG; Sexual content G; Nudity G; Substance abuse PG; Magic & the occult G; GLBT content G; adult themes (war, the brutalities of war) PG; overall rating PG.

Liz's comments: Any kid who's fascinated with war and war machines will like this book, which (although thick!) has plenty of illustrations and explanations of arcane terms. Full speed ahead!
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"I would recommend this book to anyone of any age interested in learning more about the submarines in the Pacific during WWII. If you don't know much about this part of the war, Hopkinson offers a good introduction to where the submarine bases were, what the strategy was and how things happened. There is also a lot of personal stories and other stories of what it was like to be on a submarine, in those hot, terrifying conditions. I will say, the terror that I've heard about does not come through in many of the stories which would be my only complaint. My grandfather was on a submarine in WWII (USS Cobia) and perhaps those were his feelings more than the captains who were often very excited to be out on patrol, sinking ships. I would also recommend this book to folks who are not particularly interested in war stories, because Hopkinson does manage to make the stories personal enough that it's not entirely about the war." said.

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