Left for Dead by Peter Nelson
A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

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Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking—some injured, many without life jackets—struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for “hazarding” his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budge—until an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captain’s good name and the honor of the men who served under him.

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About Peter Nelson

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Peter Nelson is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Charlie and Christopher. The Herbert's Wormhole books are Peter's first. He wrote them without ever having met an actual alien or traveling through time, which made it a bit more challenging, but just as fun. You can visit him online at www.herbertswormhole.com.
Published May 14, 2002 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Nelson is telling two stories here: the wartime story of the USS Indianapolis and the story of Hunter Scott, a young boy doing a history project for school.

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