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The Wilhelm Gustloff Story

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The Wilhelm Gustloff Story studies the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German passenger liner sunk in World War II's closing months while carrying thousands of refugees. Vivid text and images bring the ship to life, examining its construction, technology, crew, and passengers, as well as its place in history. Features include a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
BISACS JNF057020, JNF025000
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Action & Adventure, History
Copyright 2018
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Essential Library
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Season 2017-12-15
ISBN 9781532113239, 9781532152115
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 940.531
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
Dimensions 9.75 x 8.5
Lexile 1050
ATOS Reading Level 7.5
ATOS Interest Level UG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 195662
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Glossary of key words, Index, Infographics, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Table of contents, and Timeline of key events
Online Resources FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network

Famous Ships – School Library Connection

Reminiscent of old scrapbooks filled with photos and documents, these attractive, well-designed books offer background and little-known facts about famous ships. Of particular note is the writing style: each title manages to maintain suspense, even though readers are well aware of the ships’ outcomes. Engaging, short first-person narratives enliven the text while subject consultants add to the authenticity. Of particular interest is the little known Wilhelm Gustloff and its role in German history during World War II. Page layouts are generously filled with photos, sidebars, charts, maps, and mini-biographies of key players. Sturdy library bindings will hold up for repeated use. Appendices include a factsheet of essential facts and legacies. Students will find these useful for reports and be drawn to the illustrations. It would have been helpful if some photos were digitally retouched for clarity. Recommended.

Famous Ships – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

. . .Wilhelm Gustloff shines as a well-rounded account that covers a number of different perspectives, including the terror caused by the Russian troop advancement into East Prussia, the atmosphere onboard the doomed ship, the submarine that sank it, and more. A suitable addition to STEM and history collections, with Wilhelm Gustloff the most readable of the bunch.

The Wilhelm Gustloff Story (Famous Ships) – Booklist

STARRED Filled with quotes from survivors, historical photos, and sidebars offering further background, the chapters present an even-handed, engaging account of the events leading up to and immediately following the devastating wreck. The closing chapters’ emphasis on feelings of shame among Germans following WWII, which led to a collective reluctance to discuss the event, is particularly compelling. With ample source notes and further reading, this is a fascinating look at a major catastrophe, which will likely pique the interest of students bored by typical WWII history lessons.

Author: Michael Capek

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