Across the Blue Pacific (Hardcover)

A World War II Story

By Louise Borden, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 9780618339228, 48pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006



When the United States enters World War II, Molly is attending Beechwood Elementary. But her thoughts are with Ted Walker, her neighbor, who is serving aboard a cruiser in the South Atlantic.

Three years later, the war is still going on and Molly is in the fourth grade. Ted is still at sea, as a naval officer of the USS Albacore, a submarine in the Pacific Ocean. Orchard Road feels like the safest place on earth, but somewhere on the other side of the world, Ted and his crew are carrying out dangerous missions. No one knows when they will come home, and young Molly must find a way to live with fear during wartime.

Praise For Across the Blue Pacific: A World War II Story

"Though this story of loss is set in the 1940s, its message is timeless. . . . The retrospective narrative lends Molly's sorrow distance without diluting its significance; it also allows her to commend the wisdom of such remembrance." --Horn Book Horn Book

"This elegant book speaks to the far-reaching effects of war and the healing power of memory." Publishers Weekly