Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavellby Jack Batten
Dutiful nurse, hospital matron, courageous resistance fighter, Edith Cavell was all of these. A British citizen, the forty-eight-year-old Cavell was matron of an institute for nurses in the suburbs of Brussels at the outbreak of World War I. Dedicated to the methods of Florence Nightingale, her intelligence and ferocious sense of duty had transformed the institute into a leading training center.
When the Germans captured Belgium in the fall of 1914, an organization was formed to assist British and French soldiers trapped behind German lines. Edith was asked to help and she didn’t hesitate. From that moment forward, Edith sheltered escaping soldiers in her hospital, using trickery to keep the suspicious Germans from discovering them. She helped arrange a secret route to neutral Holland and back to England at great personal risk, enabling soldiers of all ranks to slip through German lines. Using the institute as part of an elaborate Allied escape route, Edith Cavell was responsible for one thousand soldiers eventually making their way home.
But Cavell’s role was discovered and a German military court put her on trial in Brussels, where she was sentenced to be executed by firing squad. On October 12, 1915, she put on her nurse’s uniform and met her fate, immediately becoming a worldwide martyr and rallying point for the British in their war against Germany.
In this riveting account, author Jack Batten brings an incredibly brave woman and her turbulent times to life.
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Gr 7 Up This exceptional biography reads like an adventure novel. Born in 1865, in Swardeston, England, Cavell worked as a governess before she decided to become a nurse. After her training, she accepted an offer from a Belgian surgeon to start a nursing-training clinic in Brussels in order to raise the standard of care there. When World War I broke out, the city was occupied by the Germans, but Cavell sheltered numerous British and French soldiers in the clinic. When the Germans discovered her activities, they put her on trial and executed her. The woman's life is laid out logically and succinctly in this revealing work. The author does not glorify her; he shows her as a real person and not just as a mythologized heroine. The historical facts are well explained and Cavell is placed clearly in context. Her legacy is portrayed objectively and her impact is well documented. The few black-and-white photographs, while informative, are very dark and contribute to an overall gray and lackluster book design. This is the only flaw in an otherwise fine effort.-Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles
“… Fast-paced, deeply researched and fresh … vividly readable … brilliantly done!”
— Norma Fleck Jury
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Meet the Author
Jack Batten is a well-known author, journalist, reviewer, and radio personality. He has written over thirty books on subjects that include biography, crime fiction, law and court cases, and sports. Jack Batten’s first career was as a lawyer. After four years, he turned to writing. He has been a staff writer at Maclean’s Magazine and the Star Weekly. Batten has written for many magazines, including Chatelaine, Rolling Stone, and Toronto Life. He has written radio plays for the CBC and a jazz column for The Globe and Mail. Nowadays, Jack Batten writes books and reviews crime novels for The Sunday Star. The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone is Jack’s most recent book, for which he was nominated for the Norma Fleck Award for nonfiction, the biggest prize in Canadian Children’s literature.
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