Last year my husband snagged this book at the library and read it aloud to our son. Overhearing parts of it, I was hooked and read it once they were finished.
It is written from the perspective of a 13 year old boy whose father was killed in the Civil War. Destitute, the boy finds work in the Yankee ship yard - becoming a part of history - working on the Monitor, a ship made of iron. One day, this ship will fight its Confederate counterpart, the Merrimac. Will the boy be on board?