Left for Dead

Left for Dead

A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

By Pete Nelson; Hunter Scott (Preface by)

Delacorte Press, Paperback, 9780385730914, 201pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2003

Description
For fans of "Unbroken," "Left for Dead" is the incredible story of a boy inspired by "Jaws "to help bring closure to the survivors and their families of the World War II sinking of the USS "Indianapolis."
Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS "Indianapolis" was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men were thrown into shark-infested waters. Those who survived the fiery sinking some injured, many without life jackets struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing.
The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for hazarding his ship. The survivors of the "Indianapolis" knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budge until an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the "Indianapolis" soon became a crusade to restore the captain's good name and the honor of the men who served under him.
Praise for "Left for Dead"
Christopher Award Winner
An ALA-YALSA Best Nonfiction for Young Adults Book
Compelling, dreadful, and amazing. "VOYA "
This exciting, life-affirming book about war heroics and justice . . . proves without question the impact one student can have on history. "Booklist"
Well written and well documented this excellent presentation fills a void in most World War II collections "School Library Journal"
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Young readers . . . will no doubt be inspired by the youth's tenacity and by the valor of those who served on the "Indianapolis." "The Horn Book.


About the Author
Pete Nelson is the author of 18 books of fiction and nonfiction and has written for numerous magazines. His most recent adult book is "That Others May Live" (Random House).



Praise For Left for Dead

“Two history lessons run concurrently through this exciting, life-affirming book about war heroics and justice . . . which proves without question the impact one student can have on history.”—Booklist

“Young readers . . . will no doubt be inspired by the youth’s tenacity—and by the valor of those who served on the Indianapolis.”—The Horn Book Magazine