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Posted February 16, 2012
If you are looking to expand your World War II collection which is heavy on books set in Germany, this might be the book for you. In 137 pages, the author lays out the battle for Ortona, a small town on Italy's Adriatic Sea. The ten-day battle was fought in close quarters with Canadian forces being victorious over a German parachute unit. Chapters cover one or more days in the month leading up to the battle; most are chronological. Eight pages of black and white photos (two photos per page) show the grim reality of war; one photo shows a dead Canadian soldier on the ground. Teens history buffs will like this short look about how war affected Canadians, Germans, and Italians during that bloody December. This book is part of Orca Book Publishers' Rapid Reads series for older readers. The books use low-level vocabulary which is perfectly suited for teens and adults who are struggling readers or those who are learning English. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for this review copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.