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THE COASTWATCHER

Author: Elise Weston

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Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, ©2009

Material: paperback

Summary: Welcome to South Carolina’s Low Country. It is August 1943, and the nation is reeling: we're still recovering from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; dealing with the Polio epidemic; and afraid of German submarine attacks along the eastern seaboard. Hugh, his sister Sally, and cousin Tom were too young to join the services but they certainly did their part protect and serve their community. This is an historical fiction novel that introduces today's audiences to life during World War II.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a superb offering ... definitely a 10 out of 10! This is a great story that will excite and educate the readers. Although the stories are fictional, the author has crafted them and the characters so well that the reader feels entirely engaged. This may be Elise Weston's first novel, but it is an outstanding debut. I am anxiously awaiting her next work.

Pros: It is a superbly written piece of historical fiction that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The author has created an authentic work that is both a period piece and timeless work.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WAR KIDS 1941-1945; WW II Through the Eyes of Children   IN THE SHADOW OF THE CATHEDRAL: GROWING UP IN HOLLAND DURING WORLD WAR II   AFTER THE TRAIN

Educational Themes: The story, though fictional, captures the impact of Pearl Harbor, the fear of invasion along the Atlantic seaboard, and the concern that the spread of the Polio epidemic were having on American communities everywhere. This story takes place in South Carolina low country and demonstrates the level of patriotism that permeated our country.

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Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, World War II

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2009

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