Karen Kersting



Karen Kersting considers herself a naturalized citizen of New Orleans, where she has resided since April Fool’s Day, 1982. The written word has always been an important component of her creative lifestyle, along with her work as a designer and a decades-long dedication to volunteerism focused on improving lives and community. In her debut book, Jack and the Devil Boats, one young child’s World War II experiences start an unusual adventure that will follow him through adulthood.



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Jack and the Devil Boats: A Higgins PT Boat Story

The story of Andrew Higgins’ remarkable patrol torpedo boats is told in this middle-reader novel from the perspective of a little boy whose father works for Higgins Industries in New Orleans. Japanese sailors called the Higgins PT boats “Devil Boats.” The book traces the boats’ history from 1945 through the 2016 restoration of one of the boats in New Orleans.


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