Author Visit: Deborah Heiligman – Torpedoed

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Join us for an evening with Deborah Heiligman, children and young adult author as she discusses her latest book Torpedoed.

From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.

Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board.

When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children’s Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.

Children’s Book World will be selling copies of Ms. Heiligman’s books.  A reception will follow.

Deborah Heiligman has written many books for children, including Printz Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner, and Boston Globe – Horn Book Award Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, National Book Award Finalist Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, and The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives with her family in New York City.

Registration is not required, but highly recommended.

Ages: Ages 10 and up
Cost: Free
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