|In harm's way : JFK, World War II, and the heroic rescue of PT 109|
Author: Martin, Iain C.
The true story of John F. Kennedy's WWII experiences commanding a small ship in the Pacific.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.10
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 198408
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 9.50
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 73311
Common Core Standards
Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 7 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 7.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 8 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 8.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 8 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 8.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 8 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 8.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/18)
School Library Journal (05/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 Gr 4–8—In this account of John F. Kennedy's survival following the destruction of his patrol torpedo (PT) boat, Martin provides readers with an exciting and detailed tale. Kennedy, the second son of millionaire and ambassador to Britain, Joseph Kennedy, was a naval officer who sought combat duty. While he was patrolling in PT 109, his boat was damaged in a collision with a Japanese destroyer and set adrift. For the next six days, Kennedy and his surviving crew diligently tried to get rescued while stranded on a desert island. Coconuts were their only nourishment. Due to Kennedy and his crew's tireless efforts, the men were finally returned to U.S. lines. Martin's account is readable and complemented with photographs. However, readers may pause at Martin's reference to "pidgin English" in describing the linguistic abilities of the Solomon Islands' Indigenous people, as no context is provided. That flaw aside, this book provides an exciting read. For those whose interest in President Kennedy was piqued with Shana Corey's A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech, this title offers insight into the young man and how his war experiences affected his subsequent political career. VERDICT An engaging war story about a popular president, this title will entice those with interest in presidential and military history.—Margaret Nunes, Gwinnett County Public Library, GA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2018 Martin deftly breathes new life into the familiar story of John F. Kennedy; the 1943 sinking of his boat, the PT-109, off the Solomon Islands; and the breathtaking survival of JFK and 10 members of his crew. A wealth of ancillary material—sidebar features, maps, photographs, and more—provides context for the main story, examining Kennedy’s early life and supplying information about WWII in the Pacific. Martin’s story continues through the end of the war and briefly covers Kennedy’s political career and assassination. The text of this exercise in narrative nonfiction is extremely well written, thrilling in its evocation of the sinking of the PT boat and its aftermath, while creating a vivid, multidimensional portrait of the future president, who emerges as an authentic American hero who repeatedly faced danger in his efforts to save the lives of his crew. It’s an epic story that deserves being discovered by a new generation of readers for whom it will be a revelation and may well inspire further reading. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.