I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 (I Survived #13)

I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 (I Survived #13)

Lauren Tarshis

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 0545658500

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In May of 1937, the Hindenburg, a massive German airship, caught fire while attempting to land in New Jersey, killing 35 people. Lauren Tarshis's latest thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling I Survived series, will feature an 11-year-old boy in the middle of this historic disaster.

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flying machine ever built. You’d think that after writing about the fiery Hindenburg disaster, I’d be having nightmares about zeppelins. But instead, I keep thinking about how absolutely wonderful it must have been to soar through the sky on one of those beautiful flying machines. I actually knew very little about zeppelins when I started researching this book. I barely even knew the word zeppelin, and I thought that they were the same as blimps (which they are not!). I was familiar with the

eight-thousand-pound hippo. But Hugo had never seen anything like the Hindenburg. The zeppelin was known around the world. The Hindenburg was as famous as Hugo’s favorite Yankee, Lou Gehrig. But never had Hugo imagined that he’d have the chance to fly on a zeppelin. His New York pals would say he was the luckiest kid on the planet. Hugo felt anything but lucky, though. Because this trip on the Hindenburg wasn’t just another family adventure. They were returning to New York City because Gert

unhooking the ropes that held the zeppelin to the ground. Hugo hadn’t noticed that someone had sat down next to him. It was a girl about his age. She had dark blond hair, round brown eyes, and a face scattered with freckles. “First time on a zeppelin?” she asked. “Yes,” Hugo answered. “What about you?” She paused for a few seconds, counting silently on her fingers. “It’s my eighth time,” she said. “Wow!” Hugo said with surprise. Eight times? This girl must be a millionaire! Each Hindenburg

men Hugo had seen at the airport. They were all wearing bloodred swastika armbands and had big Luger pistols hanging from their belts. Mr. Lenz leaned forward. “I recognize that tall man in front,” he whispered. “That’s Colonel Joseph Kohl. He’s known to be a vicious Nazi. Very close to Hitler.” “He’s coming over!” Miss Crowther said, her eyes bugging out. Mr. Singer stood up. “Colonel Kohl,” Mr. Singer said, shaking the Nazi’s hand. “I had no idea you were on board.” “We are staying in the

softly, as if they were breathing. If the metal beams were the Hindenburg’s bones, these bags of gas were its lungs. Mr. Singer led them along a narrow walkway that ran straight through the entire body of the airship. He pointed out a row of large tanks. They were filled with water, Mr. Singer explained. The water was used as ballast, extra weight to keep the ship on the ground. When the ship took off, thousands of gallons of water would splash out through the bottom. This made the ship lighter,

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