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Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor & the Merrimac: A Civil War Novel Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Avi, Mordan, C. B. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1423105184     ISBN-13: 9781423105183
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2009

Annotation: In this first title of an exciting new series of historical novels, 13-year-old Tom Carroll takes a job at a Brooklyn ironworks after his father is killed. Tom learns that the men are building a ship from iron to be used by the Union Army against the Confederate ironclad called the "Merrimac." Illustrated with period photos, drawings, and maps.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hampton Roads, Battle of, Va., 1862; Juvenile fiction.
Hampton Roads, Battle of, Va., 1862; Fiction.
Shipbuilding; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Military & Wars
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007020843
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.55 lbs) 203 pages
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Publisher Description:
Tom& nbsp; is only 13, but after his father is killed while fighting for the Union, he must take on the responsibility of someone much older.& nbsp; He signs up for work at the Brooklyn Navy yard where men are& nbsp; busy& nbsp; building battleships for the Civil War.& nbsp; But instead, & nbsp; Tom& nbsp; is sent to a bustling warehouse& nbsp; in another part of the city.& nbsp; There, amidst the roar of furnaces and clanging iron, & nbsp; 100? men are frantically pounding together the strangest ship& nbsp; Tom has ever seen.& nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; Because he is& nbsp; literate and quick on his feet, Tom becomes assistant to the ship??'s inventor, a gruff, boastful man named Captain& nbsp; John Ericsson.& nbsp; He spends his days running mysterious errands for the captain and relaying messages throughout the warehouse, and he soon learns that the Union army has& nbsp; very grave& nbsp; plans for this iron& nbsp; ship??? and that Ericsson is the only one who believes it will float.& nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; Meanwhile, & nbsp; Tom is thrown into a& nbsp; grave dilemma of his own.& nbsp; His position as warehouse messenger has made him a target of Confederate spies who offer him money for secrets about the ship??? not sure where the plot goes from here.

Contributor Bio(s): Avi's books are loved by kids and adults everywhere. He has written more than 50 books, several of which have garnered prestigious awards, including the Newbery Medal and two Newbery Honors. His titles with Hyperion include Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Crispin at the Edge of the World, and The Book Without Words. He lives with his family in Colorado.

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