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During World War II, the war
was being fought in Europe, Africa and in Asia. But those who lived
along the coast of the United States kept watch to be sure that the enemy
was not sneaking into the country. One of those who voluntarily keep
watch is Hugh. Even though his sister has lost interest in watching
and his cousin Tom doesn't seem to want to help, Hugh spends part of each
day with his binoculars staring out at the waters near his South Carolina
home. One day he sees it. Out in the water. He is sure
it is a periscope from a submarine. But no one will believe him.
Has he just been spending so much time watching that he is imaging this?
While his dad stays behind,
11 year old Hugh travels with his mother and sister to the South Carolina
coast to escape the polio epidemic back home. It is the summer of 1943.
Hugh becomes engaged watching the coastline. He is convinced he has seen
a periscope. Could it be a German sub? Yet when Hugh’s’ dad comes for a
visit, no one believes him. It’s just his imagination they all say. Hugh’s
determination to prove that it wasn’t his imagination leads him to the
discovery of a dangerous plot. Will he be able to convince others that
the danger is real before it is too late? (New
Hampshire Great Stone Face 2007)