Attack of the Turtle

Attack of the Turtle During the Revolutionary War fourteen year old Nathan joins forces with his older cousin the inventor David Bushnell to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare

  • Title: Attack of the Turtle
  • Author: Drew Carlson David A.Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780802853080
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • During the Revolutionary War, fourteen year old Nathan joins forces with his older cousin, the inventor David Bushnell, to secretly build the first submarine used in naval warfare.

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    1. Great historical fiction for 11-13 yo boys. Inventing, science, history, and war all in one. Well written, deliberately paced, with themes of true courage, forgiveness, and overcoming fears.

    2. This historical fiction story takes place around the shores of Connecticut and New York and details the invention of the first submarine during the Revolutionary War. Most people would probably guess that the submarine was invented much later in time; but in 1776 a young genius inventor named David Bushnell figured out a way to build a submergable “water machine” with a bomb attached. The submarine, dubbed the American Turtle, had the ability to travel under the British warships docked off L [...]

    3. I really wanted to like this book. The history behind this story is fascinating and this should be a great book, but most of the writing is straight forward telling, which just killed this story. Glad others enjoyed it, but this one was not for me.

    4. Near the beginning of the Revolutionary War an extraordinary young man living in Connecticut, David Bushnell, designed and built the first submarine. Many of the design features that appeared in his first submarine, used a total of three times in the war against the British, are common to today's modern versions.Attack of the Turtle is a fictional account of the building of the American Turtle. Nathan Wade, a 14 year old boy, son of a fisherman and cousin to David Bushnell, is living on his uncl [...]

    5. Something I had never heard of. The history of submarines in warfare actually began at the time of the American Revolution! This book was recently on the SC Children's book award nominees list, but would be interesting to almost anyone who is a history buff, esp. of this time period as the author has well researched the details to make it authentic. The character who tells the story, Nate Wade, age 14, has a morbid fear of water but is friends of the man, David Bushnell, who develops the sub. Th [...]

    6. A historical fiction book with a coming of age tale fit for children embedded in it. What will 14 year old Nate, who is scared to death of water, do when asked by his cousin to help with the new invention of a submarine? How will he cope while his father is fighting in the Revolutionary War for the next year? These issues and more typical day-to-day issues face Nate and we see how he grows and faces these challenges in an upturned world.

    7. Attack of the Turtle is an action story about a boy named Nate and his cousin, David. They built a submarine that had a bomb attached to it and was able to explode when detonated. The purpose was to blow up British ships in New York harbor. I enjoyed the action in this book because it was the perfect combination of historical fiction and action in the same book.

    8. Historical fiction about an early submarine in the American Revolution. It was just ok, nothing special as far as Revolutionary War fiction goes. The factual part about the submarine and the problem solving that the inventors did was interesting, but the story written around it was fairly predictable and not very exciting.

    9. This is a good historical fiction read for kids who like to learn about the small stories that take place in the middle of the American Revolution. I particularly enjoyed the details about Nathan's life in Saybrook, CT and the the theme of overcoming fears.

    10. This book, aimed at upper elementary students, is a fictional account of the fascinating invention of the first submarine used in warfare during the American Revolution right after the Battle of Long Island.

    11. An interesting story about a part of history I was not familiar with. Lots of fun historical facts and suspense. However, there were multiple mistakes and the dialogue was so far from the time period I felt I was reading a book about modern times.

    12. I found the topic interesting and the historical facts are pretty accurate, but the writing is often clunky.

    13. This would be a perfect summer reading book for a 9/10 year old boy or girl! I liked the story and enjoyed the local (to me) history.

    14. I'm listening in on this one as Andy reads it to the younger boys at night. A good boy book and works well as a read aloud. Interesting subject, too -- the Revolutionary War submarine, The Turtle.

    15. This book was good grading about the way the Turtle was built. Bushnell is part of my genealogy and it helped give an understanding of the way things took place.

    16. My first novel at the age of 8 . I'm 14 now , but still like this book .A good book for youngsters to start novels . A must read.

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