- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Auflage: Reprint (11. November 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385730918
- ISBN-13: 978-0385730914
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 1,4 x 23,5 cm
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Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. November 2003
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It's an unlikely beginning to what became a momentous, history-changing history fair project. Eleven-year-old Hunter Scott was watching Jaws one day when he first heard about the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Intrigued, he investigated further, and discovered a shocking, heartbreaking story behind what should have been a tale of heroism and patriotism. Torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the Indianapolis went down in minutes, taking more than 800 sailors with it. Several hundred survived, but only after spending days in the open sea with sharks diminishing their numbers hourly. This is only the beginning of the tragedy, however. In an effort to make an example of the ship's captain, and in order to deflect blame from itself, the U.S. Navy unfairly court-martialed the captain, painfully changing the lives of all the men involved.
Basing much of his text on young Hunter Scott's research, author Pete Nelson does a fine job of presenting this story through the eyes of many of the survivors. Old and new photos allow readers to know many of the men of the ship, and personal accounts reveal the horrors of those days in the ocean--and later in the courtroom. A bittersweet ending will leave the reader pensive and deeply moved. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
A Christopher Award Winner
An ALA-YALSA Best Nonfiction for Young Adults Book
Praise for Left for Dead:
“Compelling, dreadful, and amazing.”—VOYA
“This exciting, life-affirming book about war heroics and justice . . . proves without question the impact one student can have on history.”—Booklist
“Well written and well documented … this excellent presentation fills a void in most World War II collections “—School Library Journal
“Young readers . . . will no doubt be inspired by the youth’s tenacity—and by the valor of those who served on the Indianapolis.”—The Horn Book
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"Left for Dead" is a book by author Pete Nelson about a young man's search for justice for the USS Indianapolis, which was sunk by the Japanese during World War II. The Navy blamed the ship's captain for its sinking, even though he did nothing wrong. 50 years later, an 11-year-old named Hunter Scott researches the sinking of the Indianapolis for a history fair school project, and, after reading about the injustices of the captain's blaming, he sets off to find justice for the late captain, with the support of many of the ship's surviving crew members, who believe that their captain did nothing wrong.
At first, the author is set on giving the reader a lot of background information on the ships, the sailors, the Japanese, and Hunter. This gets a little boring, because he was describing everything without the use of humor or the inclusion of any interesting stories. He also mentions a lot of the men that were on the ship, and having that large a number of characters makes things confusing until about halfway through, when the sinking happens, and when things start to pick up. Once the sinking occurs, the author does an absolutely brilliant job of explaining the whole ordeal, from how the men felt, to what happened to the captain. He describes their conditions with the greatest detail, and isn't afraid to clarify a meaning if necessary. The same occurs with Hunter's search for justice.
In summary, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Beware that the author does use some sailing terms that he does not clarify, so be prepared to look up a few things.
blemish on the US Navy for the "political" court marshal of Captain McVay. Young
Scott Hunter's school project and his tenacity uncovered a number of untruths to force
the media and congress to right a wrong. Years late his efforts forced the overturning of
Captain McVay's unjust court marshal.