In the tradition of The War That Saved My Life and Stella By Starlight, this poignant novel in verse based on true events tells the story of a boy’s harrowing experience on a lifeboat after surviving a torpedo attack during World War II.

With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones—one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada.

Life aboard the luxury ship is grand—nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger.

They’re wrong.

Late that night, an explosion hurls Ken from his bunk. They’ve been hit. Torpedoed! The Benares is sinking fast. Terrified, Ken scrambles aboard Lifeboat 12 with five other boys. Will they get away? Will they survive?

Award-winning author Susan Hood brings this little-known World War II story to life in a riveting novel of courage, hope, and compassion. Based on true events and real people, Lifeboat 12 is about believing in one another, knowing that only by banding together will we have any chance to survive.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on September 4, 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1481468839
ISBN-13: 9781481468831
4 Book Reviews
  • wolfy_blue
    wolfy_blueWednesday, June 16, 2021 at 6:45 pm
    Looks interesting!
    • newtmazerunner
      newtmazerunnerFriday, March 27, 2020 at 8:03 am
      Wow! This books sounds really interesting! I should check this out from the library!
      • shinebright
        shinebrightThursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:13 am55 stars
        Really good book- keeps you in suspense EVERY page :)
        • MadAxEWednesday, February 6, 2019 at 4:05 am
          Awesome Book Dudes