Reviews and Blog Posts: World War II

Women heroes of World War II : 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue

by Kathryn J Atwood

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it features,...

London calling

by Edward Bloor

DPL Rating:
4

Martin is a 7th grade student attending a private, Catholic school and he's just been struck across the face by the school's bully for sticking up for his friend.  It's the last day before summer break, but the thought of ever returning is less desirable than a root canal.  Martin's...

Hannah Arendt

DPL Rating:
4

The German film director, Margarethe von Trotta, chooses stories about strong, conflicted women so it is not surprising her latest film is a biopic about Hannah Arendt. In the 1930s, Arendt was prohibited from teaching in Germany because she was Jewish. She was stripped of her citizenship, escaped a camp and...

Hana's Suitcase

by Karen Levine

DPL Rating:
4

I listened to the audible book version of Hana’s Suitcase: A True Story. It is a quick listen, only two discs. I am drawn to Holocaust stories, especially nonfiction works, but, as we all know, the subject matter is difficult to take. Hana’s Suitcase is a children’s book, but its...

Unbroken : a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption

by Laura Hillenbrand

It seems like everyone has read this book already, but it took a personal recommendation for me to pick it up, and I'm so glad that I did. Not because I enjoyed the story--this harrowing portrait of how people can treat each other was hard to read at times--but because...

Life after life

by Kate Atkinson

DPL Rating:
5

On a cold, snowy English night in January, 1910, Ursula Todd is born with her cord wrapped around her neck, and dies the same day. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born again, and lives. We follow Todd through many lives, many experiences, many circumstances, many choices and chances....

Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

by Steve Sheinkin

DPL Rating:
5

One fascinating story after another with great photographs of the people involved in the development of the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Sheinkin is adapt at sharing the telling details that bring the characters to life. Oppenheimer’s dates for example are far...

Once Upon a Town : The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen

by Bob Greene

DPL Rating:
3

Journalist Bob Greene tells the little-known story of the North Platte Canteen, the railroad depot in North Platte, Nebraska, where over six million servicemen and women were fed, thanked, and entertained during their cross-country train journeys during World War II.  The book consists mostly of interviews with women who volunteered...

The long walk

by Slavomir Rawicz

DPL Rating:
4

The Long Walk recounts an epic story of survival by a group of escapees from a Soviet gulag.  Fleeing the camp during a blizzard in 1941 with six others, Rawicz and the group equipped only with their camp-issued clothes, a small store of food, and a few other stolen goods...

Umbrella

by Will Self

DPL Rating:
3

If you are interested in a challenging literary read and you secretly wish for the second coming of James Joyce, then Umbrella will meet all your Modernist resurrection fantasies. Will Self uses boggling and dense language to describe the mistaken institutionalization of suffragette Audrey De'ath after she acquires sleeping sickness....

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