My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright: My History of the Second World War 1939-1945

My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright: My History of the Second World War 1939-1945

by Marcia Williams
     
 

Marcia Williams follows a young girl's coming of age during World War II in a moving fictional journal that includes the author's own family mementos.

The year is 1939, and Britain is about to declare war on Germany. After Flossie's father joins the army, the nine-year-old girl is left to care for both her baby brother and her great-uncle. In a collage-style

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Overview

Marcia Williams follows a young girl's coming of age during World War II in a moving fictional journal that includes the author's own family mementos.

The year is 1939, and Britain is about to declare war on Germany. After Flossie's father joins the army, the nine-year-old girl is left to care for both her baby brother and her great-uncle. In a collage-style diary merging photos, postcards, and other memorabilia, Flossie relays events ranging from the arrival of evacuees to the wrenching news that her cousin has been killed. Her vibrant first-person narration reveals a humor and a fihting spirit that sees her through many a hardship until she welcomes her dad home at last.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
This "secret" diary details young Flossie's life in England from 1939 to 1945. During this span of time, Flossie and her baby brother Boo live with her great-uncle in the English countryside. Her mother died shortly after Boo was born, and her father is serving in the British Army. The diary is filled with many details of war, including dealing with gas masks, yearning for loved ones to be safe, growing vegetables, eating odd concoctions, finding fun in simple celebrations, and caring for London evacuees and a Jewish refugee. Maps, drawings, and letters received are all part of her entries. A glossary of British words and phrases is included. This is extremely well done, detailed historical fiction for middle grades. Flossie is a resilient youngster, dealing with a tough situtation. At times she rages against the unfairness of it all and complains of weariness, but overall she handles it with humor and grace. She draws on lessons learned from her mother; her notes on her mother and her mother's wisdom are particularly poignant. The six-year span of the diary allows the reader to experience her maturation as she faces war, death, fear, and first love. Along with Flossie's story is the story of a community becoming more connected as they face the war, its progress, and its impact on those involved. The scrapbook format gives an immediacy to the text, but readers have to deal with crowded pages that contain lots of text and drawings. Fold-outs, usually notes from her relatives or friends serving England in some way, break up her entries. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Following Archie's War (Candlewick, 2007), a fictional scrapbook of World War I, Williams offers an intricately designed and intimate look at World War II, as seen through the eyes of Archie's daughter. In her "secret war diary" that chronicles the years 1939 through 1945, motherless Flossie shares her thoughts in entries filled with humor and angst. She lives in the Dorset countryside in the gardener's cottage on a small estate with her great uncle and younger brother while her father is serving in the British army. Children will quickly come to enjoy Flossie's energetic delivery and endless doodling. They will love poring over the extras-asides, sidebars, and letters found under flaps and in envelopes, that Williams has compiled to give the book the feel that one has stumbled into a real girl's private keepsake. The book's font-called Flossie-is a mix of printing and cursive that adds to the authenticity but may pose a challenge for some readers. While many American children will not be familiar with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and singer Vera Lynn, they will come away with a great appreciation for the sacrifices of the English people as well as their resolve to carry on until peace reigns again. Children who enjoy history will be fascinated by Flossie and will undoubtedly be inspired to learn more about the events she describes.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763641115
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
11/11/2008
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >