It examines from both the American and Japanese points of view the political and military events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
America's most crucial mission was to provide arms and supplies to our English and Russian allies. Taylor, who served in the merchant marines in World War II, tells the tragic tale of a convoy of 33 ships that sailed from Iceland to Russia.
William H. "Billy the Kid" Bonney Jr. isn't afraid to take risks. But during a train heist near his hometown, the odds catch up with him when a passenger recognizes the nineteen-year-old outlaw. Fed up with Billy's bad ways, The Law sends its best man to bring him in: Sheriff Willis Monroe, Billy's own cousin and former best friend. But Willis isn't the only one on Billy's tail. The Kid's two-timing partners are hunting him, too--and a conniving posse wants Billy (and the sheriff!) dead.This fictional tale of real-life legend Billy the Kid imagines William Bonney's fate had his life of crime taken a very different turn.Includes an author's note about the real Billy the Kid.
It is 1946, a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and World War II is over. But the U.S. government has decided that further tests of atomic bombs must be conducted. When Bikini Atoll is chosen for the testing site, the inhabitants of the tiny island are told they must relocate for just two years. But sixteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu believes the Americans are lying and that it will never be safe to return. He must find a way to stop the first bomb before it is dropped . . . even if it means risking his own destruction. Includes a reader's guide and an author's note.
Jon Jeffers is the loneliest nine-year-old on earth. It's 1935, and he's stuck on a tiny rocky island off the coast of San Francisco with his mother and his lighthouse-keeper father. Jon longs for something more. If only he had a way to escape this forsaken pile of rocks, he could have some real adventures.Then one morning the irritable ghost of an ancient magician appears on the beach and offers--amazingly--to teach Jon to fly. Jon agrees, and at first flying seems to be the answer to his wildest dreams. But then he flies into some serious trouble. . . .From the acclaimed author of The Cay, here is a sweet, funny, and outrageous tale of a boy who gets his dearest wish--and then wishes he hadn't.
Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he's eager to glimpse it firsthand-until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother's warning about black people: "They are different, and they live differently."But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip's head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.From the Trade Paperback edition.
This volume tells the story of Jesse Leroy Brown, who became the Navy's first black pilot. Taylor consulted Brown's training and flight records and logs and includes quotes from them, in addition to letters. He describes Brown's training, experiences in combat, personal life, and other details. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fourteen-year-old Jamie has second thoughts about harboring a killer whale that his father and he captured off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia and plan to sell to a sea amusement park.
The year is 1868, and fourteen-year-old Alika and his younger brother, Sulu, are hunting for seals on an ice floe attached to their island in the Arctic. Suddenly the ice starts to shake, and they hear a loud crack--the terrible sound of the floe breaking free from land. The boys watch with horror as the dark expanse of water between the ice and the shore rapidly widens, and they start drifting south--away from their home, their family, and everything they've ever known.Throughout their six-month-long journey down the Greenland Strait, the brothers face bitter cold, starvation, and most frightening of all, vicious polar bears. But they still remain hopeful that one day they'll be rescued.This thrilling new adventure story from bestselling author Theodore Taylor is a moving testament to the bond between brothers--and to the strength of the human spirit.Includes a map, a glossary of Inuit words and phrases, and an author's note..
When a half-eaten body is found inside a jaguar cage, eighteen-year-old Ben Jepson knows it's no prank - someone's trying to make trouble for the Los Coyotes Big Cat Preserve and its manager, Ben's father. Dr. Jepson has made some powerful enemies in his tiger conservation mission deep in the jungle and now Ben is the only one who can keep Los Coyotes running. When his beloved tiger Dmitri, is kidnapped, Ben must decide whether to wait for the authorities or to strike out on his own.
Twelve-year-old Jose Maldonado used to dream of becoming a fine artist. But this son of a poor Mexican farmer now focuses on survival, not art. After Jose's mother died, his father left to work in the United States, leaving Jose on his own in Mexico. When it's time for father and son to reunite, things go terribly wrong. Jose's attempt to cross the border is harrowing, and his stay at a migrant worker camp turns into a nightmare, forcing him to flee for his life. Hiding out in a church seems a wise thing to do--until the blood dripping from his wounded shoulder lands on a statue of Christ. Now everyone thinks the statue itself is bleeding. Jose's accidental "miracle" kick-starts a media frenzy--and threatens the future of an entire town.Theodore Taylor's riveting story of faith and desperation inspired the September 2003 Showtime movie The Maldonado Miracle, directed by Acadamy Award nominee Salma Hayek.
Eleven-year-old Maria and her family are the first Mexican Americans to enter a float in the annual Christmas parade in San Lazaro, California.
Ben and Teetoncey take to the sea--he, to find his brother, and she, to escape a forced return to England. But can they survive storms, harsh ship life, and a relentless pursuer?
Traces the events which led to the Declaration of Independence, with emphasis on the events in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Hitler is boasting of a secret weapon that will destroy his enemies. No one believes him, except one young physicist, Dr. Robert V. Jones, who works for the scientific intelligence section of the Air Ministry. A mysterious box containing a coded message has led Dr. Jones to the discovery of a small fishing village on the Baltic Coast--Peenemünde.
This riveting collection of sea stories spans the oceans of the world and the decades of the twentieth century. Full of action and adventure, these page-turning stories offer a compelling portrait of the dangers, the challenges, and the lessons of life at sea. "Nobody writes sea stories like Taylor, and this collection of eight tales should satisfy his many fans."--School Library Journal
When 11-year-old Evan Bryant receives a letter from his grandfather, everything changes for his family. Tom Pentreath is an old sailor who abandoned Evan's mother when she was just three years old. Tom's adventures have taken him around the world, but now he wants to be a part of Evan's family. Can Evan and his mother find the courage to forgive Tom?
Fifteen-year-old Ben must cope alone when a mysterious sniper begins shooting the big cats in his family's private zoological preserve.
Vacationing on what they think is an uninhabited island, fifteen-year-old Peg and her father find their adventure turned into a fight for survival.
In 1898, twelve-year-old Ben rescues a near-drowned girl from a shipwreck off the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Although the girl, named Teetoncey, becomes part of his family, she will not utter a single word.
Now recovered from the shipwreck that killed her parents, Teetoncey reveals a secret: Two chests full of silver went down with her ship. Can Tee, Ben, and his friends dredge up the treasure without arousing suspicions?
In the novel The Cay, a young white boy and an old black man are stranded on a small sandy cay in the Caribbean Sea following a shipwreck. Eleven-year-old Phillip was blinded by flying debris when a torpedo struck the SS Hato, and old Timothy has taught him how to survive. This prequel-sequel tells the rest of their tale in alternating chapters--the compelling story of two very different people who share the courage and tenacity to turn their dreams into reality. Includes a reader's guide.
An account of the hunt for the elusive leopard U-boat as told from both the Allied and German sides.
A Girl's Best Friend "No one can definitely say when Friar Tuck began to go blind. But the light probably began to fail for big Tuck long before any of us suspected it, and of course, being a dog, he couldn't very well talk about it. It didn't seem possible. Young, beautiful, so free-spirited, he had a long life ahead. . . " Helen adored Tuck from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. And very soon Tuck returned her love. He faithfully slept on the rug beside her bed, guarded her against strangers, and rejoiced in their long walks together. So when Tuck began to lose his sight, Helen fought to be his eyes. She wouldn't let his blindness end his life or even limit it. Instead, Helen thought up a unique solution to Tuck's trouble, one that would keep Tuck free, proud, and hers forever.