This nonfiction book is an overview of the people named the Port Chicago 50 and a detailed account of the explosions in California in 1944. It looks not only at the events leading up to this disaster, but how it impacted the lives of those men who were involved for the rest of their lives.
The tough part about this book is that while I see the cover design as a librarian and teacher, my students aren’t going to pick up this book without me selling it to them. That is a shame, because this book is well written and I know it will have an audience with my history buffs. I was kind of surprised that I had never heard of this event before. With the impact it had on our country and the events to come after, you’d have thought this would have been covered in school.
Recommended Grades: 8 and up
Overall Opinion: Average