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Weston, Elise.
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2005
IL 3-6
ISBN 1561453501
(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

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?

Booktalk #2

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)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- South Carolina -- Fiction.
                        South Carolina -- History -- 1865- -- Fiction,


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