From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.
Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set out in a convoy of nineteen ships sailing for Canada. On board were ninety CORB children, chaperones, and crew, along with paying passengers.
When the war ships escorting the Benares to safe waters peeled off and the way forward seemed certain, a German submarine attacked and torpedoed the Benares. What followed is an amazing example of all that people are capable of―the worst, and the best.
The event will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library, located at 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem.
Purchase of the book, Torpedoed, is your ticket to the event. One book equals two seats at the event (maximum). Please note, only books purchased through Let's Play Books Bookstore are eligible to be signed.
10% of the sales of all books pre-ordered for the event, and sold at the event, will be donated to the Bethlehem Area Public Library.