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Summary: World War II required great sacrifices by American men and women. Some served in the armed forces fighting the enemy in Europe and Asia. Others supported the war effort by working in defense plants, manufacturing medical supplies, raising food, and making clothing for the armed forces. World War II also affected the children. The stories in this book share the experiences of three teenagers in a small mid-western farming town, 1941 -1945. This is a historical fiction work for advanced readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 12 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: This book was basically about the adventures of a kid, which were pretty funny. I guess I could say that I liked this book. What I didn’t like was how in some places it was hard to read. Also, they would sometimes use slang which I wouldn’t really get. This is a book that should be given to the library. It actually was an educational book. However, unlike some books it wasn’t boring-educational. But overall it was an interesting book.
Adult Reader Reaction: The stories were good. Together they paint a picture of a small midwestern farming community and how it dealt with WWII. It certainly provides a series of cameos that give the reader an authentic feel for the times.
Pros: The stories are informative, believable, and humorous.
Cons: The author uses the vocabulary of the period to relate the adventures that he and his friends shared. There are a few instances where the effort to accurately tell the story in the vernacular might cause some minor frustration / confusion for contemporary teens.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book for the school or public library. It is based on historical events but it is not factually a historical or biographical work.
Educational Themes: There are many ways to use the stories in the classroom: how a communities commited to the war; what life in a small mid-western farming community was like; and the expectations for children who lived through the depression and grew up during the war.