Title: Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines In the Pacific
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Publication date: 2016
Page count: 366 paperback
Age recommendation: 10
How I came across the book: BLOG TOUR REQUEST! (that’s a thing, right?) 😛
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. ~ Goodreads
So…I’m going to say it before I even start this review, I, like the majority of teens across the USA, do not like non-fiction. They are just so boring, and I would be better off reading about hot elfs in sparkly castles. Though this is excluding biographies because those are usually interesting. Why? Because it tells a story. Yes, normal non-fiction books do tell stories, but they do it by throwing facts at you and biographies do it by one person’s point of view, so it’s basically like reading a normal fiction book, but it just happens to be true. Still with me? Good. So the reason that I like this book is…because it’s written like a combination between biographies and normal fact throwing books! It switches POVs (Point Of View) throughout the book, so you can see how people relate to people continuously through the story and there are pictures to tie into the story so it isn’t just words on paper. Plus, there are some super interesting facts and it actually made me curious about what would happen next. There were even moments when I actually slightly leaned forward in my seat! However, there were some glaring problems in the book that I couldn’t just ignore. The first thing was, that it seemed slightly biased through the whole thing it was that it was all about ‘merica. There was a little factoid about the Japanese war general at the start, but that was basically it. It just seemed to show how America did nothing wrong, and how could they? They were the obvious heroes. The Attack on Pearl Harbor only Strengthened their Resolve. But who actually measured the resolve of everyone before and after? Hmmm? And I wish it had also been told from sailor who wasn’t from ‘merica too, so we could have conflicting POVs. But, oh well. Another problem was that it seemed to be told like an action book, which was totally fine-but I wish it had gone more in depth about the post-war lives, PTSD, returning to their families. And also more about woman and their roles in WWII (I happen to know this was a pretty important time for women). Though it was still one of the more interesting ‘fact throwing’ non-fiction books that I have read.
Sometimes ice-cream makers were brought on board the submarines to boost morale
Once a dog went on a war-submarine. Her name was Penny
There was a huge discrimination against African-Americans being able to hold high positions in the military
What Does the Cat Think?
I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5!
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