Author: Louise Borden
Genre: Children ages 9 and up
Publication Date: 2003
Description: 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 across 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.
This is a fictional story but it is one that really could have happened. It tells of the rescue of thousands of stranded Allied and British troops during World War II, not only by the Royal Navy but by assorted boats and yachts. They even rescued dogs that were the pets of the soldiers. This is a great story based on an actual event that is bound to peak the interest of children who read it.
The copy I have is autographed by the author on the first page and it can be found at Sleepygirl’s Used Books.