Sink or Swim: A Novel of World War IIHot
When more U-boats start attacking the next day, Colton realizes just how close the enemy is to American shores. With Danny's life in the balance, Colton does the only thing he can think of to help his family and his country: He steals his brother's enlisting papers and joins up instead.
Colton's bold decision leads to a deadly journey. Even if he can keep his age a secret and survive boot camp, he'll have to face Hitler's ruthless submarines. But the longer he's on the seas, the less sure sure Colton is that he and his shipmates can stop such a relentless enemy . . .
Young readers will want to imagine themselves in Colton's place. Colton is too good to be true. He is a good seaman, sends home all of his pay except for a dollar here and there, and doesn't even get into trouble while on liberty. Most young readers would imagine themselves as this kind of soldier.
Sink or Swim is excellent addition to the list of WWII fiction, and probably Watkins' best work.