For Teachers & Librarians
Resources and Further Reading


Based on a true WWII story

Simon and Schuster



A Junior Library Guild Selection

2019 Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award

2019 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Recommended Title

Interesting Websites

Photos of the SS City of Benares, passengers, and more:


Bomb Sight: An interactive map that shows every bomb dropped on London during the Blitz from October 7, 1940, to June 6, 1941.


SS City of Benares: the Children's Ship. Mersey Maritime Museum.


Burdette, J.G. "Destination Disaster: SS City of Benares." Web post blog. Map of Time. Wordpress, May 24 2012.


Partial list of crew and passengers aboard the City of Benares when the ship was hit:


Info about Lascars and the East Indian Company in the Royal Museums Greenwich.


Report of interview with Fourth Officer, R.M. Cooper and crew casualty list.


City of Benares: newspaper clippings and photos of the rescue:


"The First Day of the Blitz"

Amazing archive footage and firsthand accounts


"More City of Benares Survivors"

Newsreel footage of the rescued boys, Mary Cornish, and Bohdan Nagorski. 

Paul Shearing, who suffered from trench foot, is taken off the ship on a stretcher.


"Seavacuees Still Smiling"

Footage of the children rescued by HMS Hurricane with remarks by Britain's King George IV