The Little Ships

The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

About The Book

In May of 1940 -- the early days of World War II -- half a million British and French soldiers were trapped in France. Weak and wounded, they needed aid. Help came in the form of countless small craft, steered by brave young men, in the legendary armada of "little ships" that sailed aross the English Channel. Many people wanted to be a part of the rescue mission. Here is the story of a girl who was so determined to help that she disguised herself as a boy to blend in with the men as they sailed toward Dunkirk.

About The Author

Photograph by Robert Flischel

Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. She taught first graders and preschoolers and later was a part-owner of a bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children’s books, she also speaks regularly to young students about the writing process. Her books include Good Luck, Mrs. K!, which won the Christopher Medal, and The A+ Custodian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you can visit her at LouiseBorden.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 1, 2003)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689853968
  • Grades: 4 - 7
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Lexile ® AD780L

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Awards and Honors

  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book

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