Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grade 5n/a4.724848
Back in print
A longtime favorite of several generations of Tar Heels, Taffy of Torpedo Junction is the thrilling adventure story of thirteen-year-old Taffy Willis, who, with the help of her pony and dog, exposes a ring of Nazi spies operating from a secluded house on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, during World War II. For readers of all ages, the book brings to life the dramatic wartime events on the Outer Banks, where German U-boats turned an area around Cape Hatteras into 'Torpedo Junction' by sinking more than sixty American vessels in just a six-month period in 1942. Taffy has been enjoyed by young and old alike since it was first published in 1957.
Paperback, 134 pages
Published on August 26, 1996 by The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN-10: 0807846198
ISBN-13: 9780807846193
3 Book Reviews
  • audreyjohnson
    audreyjohnsonSunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm33 stars
    I thought this book was ok. It was about a girl named Taffy who lived on the Cape Hatteras coast during World War 2. Taffy played with her friends on the beach a lot. Also, Taffy and her dog and her horse explore Cape Hatteras together.
    • amaeder
      amaederTuesday, July 8, 2014 at 9:42 am
      This book is based on a true story during World War II. Taffy's village is under attack from German U Boats, so the USA is trying to stop the attacks. I liked that it took place in an area near me, but it was hard to understand because they wrote in a North Carolina accent.
      • nee
        Ms. HerseyWednesday, June 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm44 stars
        At first, reading this book was challenging because it takes place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the natives speak in a dialect that was difficult to read. I did get passed it being a distraction and then I enjoyed trying to "hear" the characters talk in my head. Lots of action and adventure with some historical facts thrown in.