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Standing Alone is the third book in My True Story, a spin-off of My Story. The book was written by Jim Eldridge and published in January 2011 by Scholastic UK. It was followed by Give Us the Vote! by Sue Reid.


"For Lynne, for everything"

Book description[]

"It would go down in history as the last great naval battle. One boy was destined to emerge a hero. Jack Cornwell was just sixteen when he made the ultimate sacrifice by standing and waiting in case 'he might be needed'. His courageous story moved the nation and offered hope when all the lights were going out."



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Standing Alone characters


Main article: Jim Eldridge



"I would like to give my special thanks to Martin Garnett, Curator at the Imperial War Museum, London (whose special responsibility is the famous "Jack Cornwell gun" from HMS Chester), for giving up his time to talk me through the gun, its history, and workings; and to Andy Curran and the crew of HMS Belfast, with special thanks to Yeoman Lee Harrison, who also spent valuable time showing me through the gun drills and operation of these giant guns. Also, to Terry Charman of the Imperial War Museum, whose expert comments on the text and the period led me to correct quite a few errors in my first draft. Any errors left are my own."


  • The cover of Standing Alone was illustrated by Richard Jones.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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