Someone Talked

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It's August, 1944. World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific. Chicago, Illinois seems a long way from the fighting, and yet, is all safe there? Might spies be lurking in the shadows, plotting to blow up American factories? Twelve-year-olds Dan and Tony just might have spotted such a German spy. Is he on the brink of committing some dastardly deed against the war effort? How are they going to stop him before it's too late? Includes "The World War II Homefront"?author's essay on the historical background. "Stein...

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Overview

It's August, 1944. World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific. Chicago, Illinois seems a long way from the fighting, and yet, is all safe there? Might spies be lurking in the shadows, plotting to blow up American factories? Twelve-year-olds Dan and Tony just might have spotted such a German spy. Is he on the brink of committing some dastardly deed against the war effort? How are they going to stop him before it's too late? Includes "The World War II Homefront"—author's essay on the historical background. "Stein weaves a tale of suspense as his young heroes are swept up in wartime intrigue. Conflicting forces of friendship, patriotism, and ethical dilemmas take the mischievous 12-year-olds on a harrowing adventure. Real locations, historic events, and ethnic differences show how World War II affected everyday life on the neighborhood level. A first-rate thriller for young people!" —Ann Heinrichs, Librarian and Children's Book Author

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Gr 4–6—Best friends Dan Zelinski and Tony Avellini are 12 years old in 1944, and their imaginations run wild with ideas of German spies and saboteurs infiltrating Chicago. War propaganda posters are everywhere, warning citizens that "Loose Lips Sink Ships!" Dan is especially wary, with his father serving in the Merchant Marines. The boys dream of catching spies and becoming heroes. Dan's imagination limits him to coming up with implausible movie scripts, but Tony wants action. He leaps to the conclusion that a "suspicious" man with a foreign accent must be a spy. "Overcoat," as he calls him, is very protective of an odd boy named Thomas. Tony and Dan spy on their "spy" and befriend Thomas. When Thomas tells them that Overcoat speaks in a foreign language over the radio every day, the boys are convinced of his guilt but eventually learn just how wild their imaginations are and that things are not always as they appear. Information about World War II is seamlessly interwoven throughout the story, and the historical note is well done. Unfortunately, Tony frequently uses ethnic slurs—probably realistic for a youngster in 1944, but jarring to read. The conversations are often stilted and awkward and the story is not engaging. Libraries can skip this one.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935178170
  • Publisher: ChironBooks
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 154
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.36 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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