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Attack of the Turtle
David A. Johnson
Drew Carlson
Ages 9-14
Black-and-white line illustrations
Lexile: 640L
PAPERBACK; Published: 2/2/2008
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5338-7
Price: $ 9.00
157 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.25
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It's 1776, and the Revolutionary War is raging. Fourteen-year-old Nathan Wade is a patriot, but he's too young to join the fight. Then his cousin David Bushnell comes to town with a secret. David has designed a water machine that can explode bombs underwater. And his mission is to launch it against the British warships in New York harbor.

Nate reluctantly agrees to help David build the weapon of war -- dubbed the American Turtle. Although he's terrified of water and worried about getting caught, when unlikely circumstances put Nate at the center of the action, he must face the murky waters of his fears head-on.

Based on actual historical events, this adventure story captures the drama of the first submarine used in naval warfare and the struggles of a teenager overcoming self-doubt.


New York State Reading Association Suggested Reading List (2010)

Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of

Horn Book Guide
"Enjoyable historical narrative."
"Nate makes for a sympathetic character and the plot is well constructed. . . . The actual tale of the Turtle is quite involving, too."
Children's Literature
"A good adventure story."
School Library Journal
"The historical events surrounding the first submarine ever used in warfare, outlined in an author's note, are expertly woven throughout this fictional account."