Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific : The Incredible Story of U.S. Submarines in WWII

by Deborah Hopkinson

Scholastic Focus
October 2016

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Lexile measure: 1090L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z

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.

Including breakouts highlighting submarine life and unsung African-American and female war heroes, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson uses first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents, and photographs to bring the voices and exploits of these brave service members to life.
Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the acclaimed author of over 40 award-winning books, including Shutting Out the Sky, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book; Up Before Daybreak, a Carter G. Woodson Honor Award winner; Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist and Sibert Honor Book; Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and Orbis Pictus Recommended title; Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific; and D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History. Deborah lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.


  • Praise for Dive! :

    * "With a fascinating blend of submarine mechanics and tales of courage, readers will dive in deep." -- Booklist, starred review

    * "Fascinating World War II history for history buffs and browsers alike." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    Praise for Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark :

    A Sydney Taylor Notable Book

    An NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

    A Cybils Award Finalist

    "With numerous pictures and illustrations accompanying the text, this is a fascinating look at a little-known corner of WWII." -- Publishers Weekly

    "[A] spirited, inspiring, and extremely well-researched book... ideal for both classroom use and independent reading." -- Booklist

    Praise for Titanic: Voices from the Disaster :

    A Sibert Honor Book

    A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

    An ALA Notable Children's Book

    An IRA Teacher's Choice

    A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year

    A Horn Book Fanfare Book

    A Cybils Award Finalist

    "An affecting portrait of human ambition, folly and almost unbearable nobility in the face of death." -- The Wall Street Journal

    "A meticulous recounting of the disaster... Hopkinson's reporting is so rich with information that it will be equally fascinating to young readers and adults alike." -- Los Angeles Times

    * "Hopkinson knows precisely what's she doing in her coverage of the Titanic disaster... [A] fine book." -- The Horn Book, starred review

    * "Fascinating... A thorough and absorbing re-creation of the ill-fated voyage." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "Riveting." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "An absorbing and richly satisfying read." -- School Library Journal, starred review

    Praise for Up Before Daybreak :

    * "Rarely have the links between northern industry, southern agriculture, slavery, war, child labor, and poverty been so skillfully distilled for this audience." -- Booklist, starred review

    * "Superb nonfiction writing." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "Excellent." -- School Library Journal, starred review

    Praise for Shutting Out the Sky :

    * "Nonfiction at its best." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "[A] fascinating read." --School Library Journal, starred review