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Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries ...
Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II while her father is away in the Navy.
SOURCE: VOYA, December 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5)
Posted October 14, 2012
I love all the Dear America books, but this is WONDERFUL! You could call it romantic, and the epilogue is AMAZING! If you haven't read it you should, and not just from the library, you'll want to keep it for all times! It might just be my HUGE love for History; but this book is one of the BEST; so much that ANYONE would love it! Great Historic point-of-view, also.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2011
My Secret War
Historical Fiction made exciting.
The book My Secret War is a fictional story based on the time period of World War 2. This book is one of the many from The Dear America series. These books are fictional stories that relate to important times in history.
My Secret War is a story about a young girl named Madeline who lives during the time of World War 2. Madeline is first picked on at school by her classmates until she meets Johnny. He is a boy that is very impressed by Madeline's Father's line of work as an Air Pilot in the Navy. They soon become very close. The two of them start a club and begin to investigate sine things that they hear about the war. They believe that what they know could help America win World War 2. Madeline and Johnny do all they can to help with the war efforts. They soon become more than friends because of their similar interests about the war. After finding out that her Father had been injured during the war, Madeline finds herself lonely thinking about her troubles. After the safe return of her Father, Maddie finds she is happy again. Throughout the story Madeline meets a new friend and becomes more confident in herself and her interests.
I was very interested in this book and found it very enjoyable. I am very interested in history and historical fiction books such as My Secret War are some of my favorites. This book is a very entertaining and interesting to readers. Anyone interested in things about the war would really like to read this story. It is very informative on what life was like for children during the war, but also is a lot of fun to read. I was very happy to now know how a daughter of a soldier felt during the war. I was very impressed by this book and I'm sure many others would feel the same.
In conclusion, My Secret War is a great historical fiction book that would be enjoyed by many people, especially anyone interested in the time of World War 2. It is very exciting, entertaining, and enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Posted March 23, 2009
Posted October 9, 2008
I have read many dear americas , but out of all of them this one was my favorite! it is about a girl named maddie that always is the new girl because she moves a lot, and one day she moves to a new place. then she does not meet a lot of friends but soon some kids at her school find out that her dad is in the war.so she becomes friends with a boy that likes the histroy of the war. they start a club about helping the war and every night they would watch the beach for german u boats. then when maddie is on the beach by her self at night someone comes up to her and says she did not see any thing there and they would put her in jail if she told anyone she say them at the beach . find out what happens to maddie !! this is the best book ever so read t today!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2006
I love this book! It is both Happy with a little romance,And the Epilogue was really good.FYI someone gets married!Well really two people do but you get the picture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2006
I absolutely LOVED this book and this series because I'm very much into World War II and seeing what it was like back in the earlier times. I loved the characters very much, especially Maddie and Clara. Very accurate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2005
When I read this book, in my eyes this was one of the best diary books I have ever read. When I was finished reading this I thought about how interesting it was to know a persons real life story during World War 2. This book was a good story to read because it was very informational about World War 2, it was very fun and thrilling, but also at the same time there was some romance going on too. The author uses plenty vivid language to describe the setting and characters. Therefore it had good imagery. It makes you actually feel like your in the story and your in the characters shoes. It feels very real to me, it¿s amazing. It uses good similes to make the book more interesting. I definitely would suggest this book to readers that like books that are more chick-flick books with some action too. It is also one of those books that want to make you cry. In this story, a young girl, Maddie Beck lives in a boarding house with her Mom, Clara, Mrs. Hawkins, Theo, and Mrs. Rosenthal. Maggie¿s father is in the World War 2 in 1941 as a Navy fighter pilot. The setting is in Long Island, New York. He (Maggie¿s father) is stationed in the Pacific Ocean and Maddie is extremely worried about him. Additionally with all that going on she finds it hard to make friends and fit in around school. That is until the class hunk finds out her Dad is involved in the war and they become good friends. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Maddie and Johnny started getting involved in the patriotic war effort by setting up a club for kids that want to help out with the war. One day Maddie and the people she lived with got a telegram. A telegram tells military families that one of their loved one has been killed or has been wounded. The telegram Maddie and her mother received said that Maddie's father was wounded and in critical condition. After all that had happen, Maddie had been scared more than ever. So one night she decided to take a walk on the beach during a restless night when it was prohibited. She had by caught by but who were supposedly where beach guards. She had been caught and told to go home and not to speak of this night otherwise she could be sent to jail. Now Maddie was scared out of her mind. If you want to find out what happens, I suggest you read the book to find out. I hope you get a chance to read this book it is not very long, but it is very good. I guarantee you will like this book and like the ending. I would suggest you read the epilogue, because it helps you understand what happens after the book. This book makes me realize how lucky I am to have everything I have, also to treasure everything I have because it can be taken away from me at any moment. I would recommend this book to mostly Junior High students, ages 11-16. I would give this book a 4 star rating, because at points it does get a tad bit boring, but otherwise you will enjoy it. It¿s an exceptionally good book and I really hope you get a change to read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2005
This book is my favorite DA book! Its thrilling, suspenseful, and has romance in it. Its the best way to learn about WW2.! I think that Maddie Beck and Johnny Vecchio are perfect for each other.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 29, 2005
this was a really good book. i checked it out from the library b/c i needed a book so i randomly picked one. It turned out to be really good and that is what got me into reading journals and diaries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2005
This is one of my favorite books; I can read it over and over again! I first read it when I was 13 I think, and now I'm 16 and still enjoy it. The adventures of Maddie Beck capture your heart, with thrills, scares, and romance. It's so cool to see what it was like during that time period, and there are even some similarities between what the US faced when at war then, and what we face now. Maddie struggles with fitting in at a new school on Long Island, and making friends, and especially with her father being away at war. She meets a wonderful new friend however, who turns out to be more than just a good pal (awwwww so cute!) and together they do what they can to assist the war effort, including getting the entire class involved. Definitely read this one, it will keep your attention for hours, you won't be able to put it down!!! 5 stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2004
This is a very good book about a 13 year old girl named Madeline Beck who lives in a room they rent from Mrs.Hawkins in Long Island, New York. This book describes very vividly what life was like during the beginning of World War 2. When you read this book it feels like your there with Madeline, sharing in her many experiences- her growing feelings for her school friend Johnny, her fears for her father who is over seas, and her friendship with the shy girl Clara Rosenthal who lives in the same house as Madeline and her mother. When I read it I couldnt put it down. This is truly an excellent book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2004
This is an amazing book. It is happy,sad,funny,stupid everything you could want in a book! I read it a little bit after September 11 , 2001....Bad mistake,it made me cry.It is soo much like sep 11. people diying..But overall it is a very good moving book.Easy to read - at least for me!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2003
Madeline moved to a mansion in LondIsland. She goes to skool and she has a normal skool life until she meats Johnny they both fell in love and they discover about the war alot of things and they make a club to help the war she worries alot about her dad she seperates with johnny beacause she had to go and lie in sanfrancisco but then shes in highskool and she goes to long island again to visit wen she sees Johnny and then they get married I think this is the best book ivee ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!§§Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2003
Posted February 15, 2003
I love this book! This definitely is my favorite book! I would recommand this book to any one who likes WWII books!I love this book! Its the greatest book I have ever read! You need to read this book! Email me if you find any other great WWII books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2003
I really liked the book, My Secret War. One of the reasons I enjoyed this historical fiction journal so much is because it was suspenseful and exciting. Something new seemed to happen all the time. This novel was a real page-turner. Another reason why it was worth it to read this book is because it taught me so much about history. I learned many new and interesting facts. Now, I don't feel that history is just dates and places, it's about people just like us dealing with different problems. The narrator of the book- Madeline Beck also inspired me. She did so many extraordinary things for her country. Her efforts not only helped her community, but she created new friendships and had a great time. I recommend this book to any girl who wants to read an exciting book about war, sorrow, and romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2003
I would say a definet read. It's about a girl who struggles with her social status, boys and to top it off world war 2.If you like to read history related books you will enjoy this book!I know I did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2002
I know my dad isn't in WWII right now, I don't live any where near Rhode Island(what i am I talking about, i don't live by anywhere by Rhode Island, or an ocean for that matter)and i haven't moved a lot because my dad's in the army, but she goes through the same thing i do with boys, but she has it a lot easier.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2002
This book is so realistic! It's like your there. It's also like your sneaking into your big sisters room and reading her diary. It is sad and romantic. A very thrilling novel for young readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.