Iron Thunder

Iron Thunder

The Battle Between the Monitor & the Merrimac : A Civil War Novel

Book - 2010
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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..."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, 2010, c2007.
ISBN: 9781423105183
Call Number: AVI
Characteristics: 200 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Monitor (Ironclad) -- Juvenile fiction.
Merrimack (Frigate) -- Juvenile fiction.
Hampton Roads, Battle of, Va., 1862 -- Juvenile fiction.
Armored vessels -- Juvenile fiction.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Juvenile fiction.
Historical fiction, Juvenile.


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Blue_Cat_545 Feb 29, 2012

Good book. The End.

Aug 27, 2009

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, one of the best I read all summer. Good story, fascinating historical detail from the p.o.v. of a boy who works on the ironclad battleship The Monitor--from its earliest days in construction (when it was the laughingstock of most, who thought it would never float) right up to the famous battle with the Merrimac. Definitely one I'll highly recommend to kids looking for riveting historical fiction.


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Blue_Cat_545 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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whiteshadow13 Apr 04, 2012

Tom's job as an assistant to Captain John Ericsson, the inventor of the Monitor, makes him a target of Confederate spies.


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