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Remember the Lusitania! Library Binding – April 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-An account of the sinking of the Lusitania as seen through the eyes of the passengers and crew. Preston based this book on published interviews with survivors, the diary of the captain of the U-boat that torpedoed the passenger liner, other contemporary sources, and her adult title, Lusitania-An Epic Tragedy (Walker, 2002). In addition to describing the wartime setting, the transatlantic voyage, and the U-boat's patrol, the author follows up with details on many victims' post-Lusitania lives. However, so many characters are presented that some treatments are superficial. A few really shine through, though, such as a shipboard friendship between a man and a young girl, his efforts to save her, and their separation and eventual reunion. Informative black-and-white photos and diagrams enhance the text. An appendix meticulously lists and describes the sources used in re-creating the ship's last trip. Technical descriptions of its sinking, such as Robert Ballard's in Ghost Liners (Little, Brown, 1998), lack the personal details of Preston's book. Her focus on the experiences of children should appeal to young readers.
Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH
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Gr. 5-8. On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, the British passenger steamer Lusitania was hit by a torpedo fired from a German U-boat. Among the 1,201 killed were 128 Americans, and the tragedy helped propel the U.S. into war two years later. Preston, the author of Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy (2002) for adults, infuses her account with several touching human stories, giving a vivid and terrifying picture of the chaotic minutes before the ship went down and the harrowing search for survivors. Surprisingly, no mention is made of the murkier side of the Lusitania' s saga. Was it, for instance, carrying contraband arms? Preston dealt with such questions extensively in her adult book, and it is hard to understand why she left them out of this account for younger readers. Many black-and-white period photographs fill the pages, and back matter includes statistics about the ship, source notes, and suggestions for further reading. A spellbinding, if historically incomplete, look at an important event in World War I history. Todd Morning
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