Wish Me Luck by James Heneghan
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World War II air raids in Liverpool, England, send Jamie Monaghan, his family, and his schoolmate, Tom Bleeker off on an evacuee ship bound for Canada, but their journey quickly turns to terror after an attack at sea forces the boys to unite in a struggle for survival.
 

About James Heneghan

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James Heneghan grew up in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also the author of "Wish Me Luck,"
 
Published March 1, 1997 by Farrar Straus Giroux. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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To Jamie Monaghan, the only excitement in his life is trying to figure out his taciturn new classmate, Tom Bleeker, despite the fact that wartime Liverpool is preparing for German bombs.

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Heneghan (Torn Away) pulls off a rare achievement: he creates historical fiction that does not depend on historical incidents--even so dramatic an incident as the WW II torpedoing of an ocean liner--f

Mar 03 1997 | Read Full Review of Wish Me Luck (Laurel-Leaf Books)

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This historical novel, based on the sinking of the City of Benares during WWII, is ""eye-opening and utterly gripping,"" said PW's starred review.

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The narrator, 12-year-old Jamie Monaghan, grabs the reader's attention immediately with his colorful Liverpool slang and his pitch-perfect reporting of the truculent reception given to the sinister-looking new kid at school, Tom Bleeker, who happens to be Jamie's next-door neighbor.

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