Deborah Hopkinson

Award Winning Author of Fiction & Nonfiction for Children & Teens


World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific


What is this book about?

Dive! World War II Sto­ries of Sailors & Sub­marines in the Pacif­ic tells the incred­i­ble sto­ry of Amer­i­ca’s lit­tle known “war with­in a war” — US sub­ma­rine war­fare dur­ing World War II.

Fol­low­ing the attack on Pearl Har­bor, the US entered World War II in Decem­ber 1941 with only 44 Naval sub­marines — many of them dat­ing from the 1920s. With the Pacif­ic bat­tle­ship fleet dec­i­mat­ed after Pearl Har­bor, it was up to the feisty and hero­ic sailors aboard the US sub­marines to stop the Japan­ese inva­sion across the Pacific.

Using first-per­son accounts, archival mate­ri­als, offi­cial Naval doc­u­ments, and pho­tographs, author Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son brings the voic­es and exploits of these brave men to life.


“Hop­kin­son crafts a grip­ping nar­ra­tive … Fas­ci­nat­ing World War II his­to­ry for his­to­ry buffs and browsers alike.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Read­ers wait anx­ious­ly along­side crew mem­bers amid silence and dan­ger­ous heat and oxy­gen lev­els as the sub­mariners nar­row­ly escape ene­my detec­tion or brace for depth charge explo­sions that rat­tle bones, fray nerves, and sig­nal pos­si­ble death … With a fas­ci­nat­ing blend of sub­ma­rine mechan­ics and tales of courage, read­ers will dive in deep.” (Book­list, starred review)

“It’s an appeal­ing, engross­ing pack­age for read­ers fas­ci­nat­ed by hero­ism and mil­i­tary strat­e­gy.” (The Horn Book, starred review)

“The real appeal, of course, is dan­ger and hero­ism, and in draw­ing lib­er­al­ly from first-per­son accounts by sur­viv­ing vet­er­ans, Hop­kin­son often emu­lates the tone of Great­est Gen­er­a­tion mem­oir … And kudos to Hop­kin­son, whose eagle eye even locat­ed the con­tin­gent of women nurs­es evac­u­at­ed by sub from the Philip­pines.” (Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books)

“A riv­et­ing nar­ra­tive non­fic­tion selec­tion for mid­dle school col­lec­tions.” (School Library Jour­nal)

“The diverse indi­vid­ual sto­ries … make the his­to­ry come alive.” (School Library Con­nec­tion)


author, Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son
Scholas­tic Press
ages 8 and up, 2016
ISBN 978–0545425582

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