Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor & the Merrimac: A Civil War Novel (Prebound)

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By Avi
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When his father is killed fighting for the Union in the War Between the States, thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll must take a job to help support his family. He manages to find work at a bustling ironworks in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where dozens of men are frantically pounding together the strangest ship Tom has ever seen. A ship made of "iron."
Tom becomes assistant to the ship's inventor, a gruff, boastful man named Captain John Ericsson. He soon learns that the Union army has very important plans for this iron ship called the "Monitor." It is supposed to fight the Confederate "sea monster"--another ironclad--the "Merrimac." But Ericsson is practically the only person who believes the "Monitor" will float. Everyone else calls it "Ericsson's Folly" or "the iron coffin."
Meanwhile, Tom's position as Ericsson's assistant has made him a target of Confederate spies, who offer him money for information about the ship. Tom finds himself caught between two certain dangers: an encounter with murderous spies and a battle at sea in an iron coffin .


Product Details
ISBN: 9780606124782
ISBN-10: 0606124780
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2009
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: I Witness Novels