Taffy of Torpedo Junction

Taffy of Torpedo Junction

by Nell Wise Wechter


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A longtime favorite of several generations of Tar Heels, Taffy of Torpedo Junction is the thrilling adventure story of thirteen-year-old Taffy Willis, who, with the help of her pony and dog, exposes a ring of Nazi spies operating from a secluded house on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, during World War II. For readers of all ages, the book brings to life the dramatic wartime events on the Outer Banks, where German U-boats turned an area around Cape Hatteras into 'Torpedo Junction' by sinking more than sixty American vessels in just a six-month period in 1942. Taffy has been enjoyed by young and old alike since it was first published in 1957.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807846193
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/26/1996
Series: Chapel Hill Books
Edition description: 1
Pages: 151
Sales rank: 564,901
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

The late Nell Wise Wechter, an Outer Banks native, was a widely admired author, storyteller, historian, and journalist. As a schoolteacher near Cape Hatteras during World War II, she could look out her classroom window to see ships being sunk by the Germans. Her story of Taffy was inspired by these real events and the courage of the people who lived through them. Her other books include Swamp Girl, Betsy Dowdy's Ride, and Teach's Light.

Table of Contents


Foreword Acknowledgments
1. A Call in the Night
2. Shipwreck
3. Rescue
4. Ash Cans and Broken Glass
5. Torpedo Junction
6. Saboteur!
7. Brandy Gets Decorated
8. Discovery!
9. Danger!
10. Big Jens Comes Through

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Brings . . . dramatic events to life.—Carolina Country

Wechter's tale of Taffy and her American heroism pays tribute and honor to the people who lived at 'Torpedo Junction.'—Carolina Country

For more than 50 years, Tar Heels of all ages have enjoyed reading Nell Wise Wechter's Taffy of Torpedo Junction. . . . [A] thrilling adventure.—Coastwatch

The best piece of children's literature ever produced in this state.—Dennis Rogers, Raleigh News & Observer

The history and the sense of place that Nell Wise Wechter conveys in the novel makes it not only an exciting story for youngsters but an interesting one for adults also.—Island Breeze

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