River of Fire

river-fireRiver of Fire is the most recent historical fiction for young readers by Nancy Gentry. The story takes you on a journey up the Mississippi River on the Sultana’s final, disastrous voyage. On April 27, 1865, overloaded with an estimated 2300 passengers, most of whom were Union ex-prisoners of war finally going home, the Sultana exploded near Memphis, Tennessee. Through three fictional characters, who are based on real people involved in that fateful night, the tragedy comes to life. It is a story that has mostly been forgotten, but for the nearly 1800 victims and the survivors, the memory of the Sultana should live on with each generation.