Looking for a good historical novel for your older child? Jack aged 10 reviews Kevin Kiely’s new book SOS Lusitania for us:
One of the most dramatic seafaring tragedies ever …
Thirteen-year-old Finbar Kennedy runs away from home in Queenstown (Cobh) to follow his sea-captain father onto the Lusitania.
On the return journey from New York, Finbar works as a deck-hand, and running messages gives him a lot of information.
He begins to understand that something strange is happening. But what can he do? And whom can he trust?
Fact is stranger than fiction: In May 1915 the huge liner, the Lusitania, sank off the Cork coast near the Old Head of Kinsale. This happened during the First World War.
But, unlike the Titanic tragedy, this was no accident. The ship was torpedoed by a German submarine.
Rumour had it that there were spies, arms and gold on board the Lusitania. These rumours were true.
SOS Lusitania is published by The O’Brien Press Ltd, RRP €7.99, recommended 9+
About the Author
Kevin Kiely has had several collections of poetry published, had plays broadcast on RTE and is engaged in literary journalism and editing. He has received Literature Bursary Awards from the Irish Arts Council, and is Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa. This is his first book for young readers.
Here’s what Jack had to say about the book:
“I thought the book SOS Lusitania was brilliant. I liked it so much that I am doing a project in school on it.
I thought it was quite sad that ‘critical’ Penny dies and that Finbar’s dad loses his arm. It was very hard to put the book down and so I read it in a day and a half.
I loved reading about the spies and Penny and Finbar’s search for the supposed unclassified cargo. I wish the book was longer and I have recommended it to all my friends.
Great book.” – Jack C, age 10.
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