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October 5, 2016

Review: Dive! by Deborah Hopkinson

by Susan Roberts

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson shares the incredible story of U.S. submarines in WWII.

* "With a fascinating blend of submarine mechanics and tales of courage, readers will dive in deep." -- Booklist, starred review

* "Fascinating World War II history for history buffs and browsers alike." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific tells the incredible story of America's little known "war within a war" -- US submarine warfare during World War II.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered World War II in December 1941 with only 44 Naval submarines -- many of them dating from the 1920s. With the Pacific battleship fleet decimated after Pearl Harbor, it was up to the feisty and heroic sailors aboard the US submarines to stop the Japanese invasion across the Pacific.

Using first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents, and photographs, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson brings the voices and exploits of these brave men to life.

To celebrate the release of Dive! Deborah Hopkinson is going on blog tour September 26-October 7, 2016. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter at @Deborahopkinson.

My review of DIVE by Deborah Hopkinson:

This book is way outside my normal reading genre but I wanted to read it because I had an uncle who was in the Navy during WWII and spent most of his time in a submarine in the Pacific. This fantastic book gives short vignettes of sailors who were part of the Pacific fleet during the war. I knew a little about what the sailors went through but this book was very informative and I am in awe of the men who helped defend our country from submarines. One of my favorite stories was about Lucy Wilson who was a nurse in Corregidor as the Japanese army was advancing. She was evacuated with 26 others and spent three weeks on a submarine taking them to Australia. Her time on the submarine gave an interesting look at the accommodations by a woman.

This would be a great book for people interested in WWII but even more than that, it put faces and names to some of the men (and women) who fought during the war in often dangerous conditions.

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Susan Roberts, reviewer. Susan lives in North Car when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and helping to take care of their grandson.  Susan reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

Book Info:
available formats: ebook and print (384 pages)
published: September 2016 by Scholastic Press
ISBN13: 9780545425582
target audience: middle grades
genres: nonfiction, World War II

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