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10 Ships That Rocked the World

by (author) Gillian Richardson

illustrated by Kim Rosen

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2015
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Come aboard for daring stories that shaped history in surprising ways.

Ships have sailed through human history for thousands of years. Sometimes, their dramatic voyages have even changed the course of the world. For centuries, ships have brought cultures together in peace or conflict, played a role in wars and revolutions, and transformed societies.

Climb on deck for 10 ocean adventures, starting with the groundbreaking exploits of Zheng He’s 15th-century treasure ships and navigating unknown waters with Vasco da Gama’s São Gabriel. Sail on the Lady Penrhyn with the first convicts exiled to Australia, and on USS Susquehanna’s pivotal mission to Japan. Witness the tense confrontations of the Holocaust survivor ship Exodus 1947 in Israel and the Komagata Maru in Canada, and the standoff when Somali pirates seized the oil tanker Sirius Star.

You’ll discover how even small ships can make big waves, like the tiny yacht Granma, which played a major role in Cuba’s revolution, the ill-fated submarine H. L. Hunley, and Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, a key player in the environmental movement.

With a rich variety of photos, maps, and striking illustrations, 10 Ships That Rocked the World reveals the crucial role ships played in some of history’s most significant dramas.

About the authors

Gillian Richardson has written seventeen books for children, including 10 Ships That Rocked the World, 10 Plants That Shook the World, and Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds. She lives in the British Columbia interior.

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Kim Rosen has illustrated for magazines and newspapers including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, TIME, The Washington Post, and The Globe and Mail, as well as corporate clients including Starbucks and American Express. She illustrated the three previous books in the World of Tens series. Kim lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Nominated, Golden Oak Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

“Contain[s] a lot of information and could be used in a world history course.”

Resource Links, 02/16

“Lively and accessible.”

Hakai Magazine, 11/25/15

“The intriguing stories of these ships draws the reader into a wider world of international exploration, war, revolution, and scientific discovery.”

National Reading Campaign, 02/11/16

“Richardson shows a knack for including details that will fascinate middle school readers.”

Youth Services Book Review, 12/05/15

“Highly readable . . . an excellent resource . . . a solid title for any school and public library.”

CM Reviews, 12/18/15

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