Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

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by Kathryn J. Atwood
     
 

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Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work--sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers

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Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work--sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.

            Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

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“Inspiring accounts of the lives of womensome of them still in their teenswhose courage made a difference in the dark days of World War II.”  —Rita Kramer, author of Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France

“Each story has been meticulously researched. . . . This is a great read for students who like adventure or are researching World War II.”  —VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocate reviews

“These stories will restore your faith in the human spirit and encourage us all to remember to do what is right. . . . [A] must read for anyone who has ever asked themselves: ‘What can I do? Can one person really make a difference?’”  —Kenneth Koskodan, author of No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II

“Adds a vital dimension to more traditional titles on the war. It will appeal to browsers seeking adventure tales while also enriching classes in history and women’s studies, and units on war and peace...Recommended”  —Library Media Connection

“Atwood’s admiration and enthusiasm for her subjects is apparent in these engaging profiles, and readers will likely be inspired to investigate these fascinating women further.”  —Kirkus Reviews

VOYA - Susan Allen
There are many ways to serve your country in a time of war. For twenty-six women during World War II, these ways involved stealth, great risk, torture, and death. The stories are divided by country into eight sections, and at the start of each is a brief description of what was occurring there during the war. What is striking about these women is that they could be your next door neighbor or the waitress at your favorite diner. Each, however, felt compelled to help fight against the German invasion and the Nazis movement, and the results were heroic. Noor Inayat Khan had an Indian-born father and an American mother. She was born in Moscow but grew up in France. Noor became a radio operator, transmitting crucial messages from German-occupied France. The great singer Josephine Baker hid messages in her underwear. She performed at, and was invited to, many parties where she overheard crucial information and passed it along. Johtje Vos hid Jews in her home in a small Dutch village called Laren. Sophie Scholl helped to write and distribute anti-Nazi pamphlets called The White Rose in Munich. Each story has been meticulously researched. Throughout the book are actual quotes from correspondence with or interviews of the women themselves. Many photos taken during or right after the war are included. Informative sidebars giving greater context for the time, events, and places discussed are scattered throughout in this volume. This is a great read for students who like adventure or are researching World War II. Reviewer: Susan Allen
Children's Literature - Jeanne Pettenati
Inspiring tales of women who risked their lives to fight the Nazis and shelter Jewish refugees are brilliantly told in this excellent volume. Young readers will be awed as they learn about the brave women who could not turn away from the injustices around them. Not all survived the war; some were tortured and killed and some were thrown into death camps, but escaped or were liberated at the end of the war. Many of the women featured led ordinary lives as students, workers, wives and mothers, but they acted as couriers and spies and harbored those fellow citizens that were being hunted down by the Nazis. They hailed from Germany, France, Great Britain, the US, Poland and many other countries. The profiles of each woman are collected into chapters designating which country she served. At the end of each profile is a list of resources to consult for additional information. Engaging and well written, the book is also well researched and a logical choice for middle and high school history classes, projects and papers. A comprehensive glossary, notes, and bibliography are included. Reviewer: Jeanne Pettenati
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—After a brief introduction about the war in Europe, this book is divided into eight chapters, each focusing on a specific country, including Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States. Women from each of these countries played important roles in the war effort working in the resistance movement, as spies, as couriers, or as correspondents. A few of the individuals are well known, such as the entertainer Josephine Baker, who collected information for the Allies, and actress Marlene Dietrich, who entertained the troops, but most were ordinary citizens who saw a need and stepped up to join the fight against the Nazis. Each profile reports on the woman's war activities and rounds out the story by telling about her life after the war. Sidebars and photographs are scattered throughout and documented quotations and excerpts from notes and letters are utilized. —Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569768525
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Women of Action Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
154,088
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher

“Inspiring accounts of the lives of womensome of them still in their teenswhose courage made a difference in the dark days of World War II.”  —Rita Kramer, author of Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France

“Each story has been meticulously researched. . . . This is a great read for students who like adventure or are researching World War II.”  —VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocate reviews

“These stories will restore your faith in the human spirit and encourage us all to remember to do what is right. . . . [A] must read for anyone who has ever asked themselves: ‘What can I do? Can one person really make a difference?’”  —Kenneth Koskodan, author of No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II

“Adds a vital dimension to more traditional titles on the war. It will appeal to browsers seeking adventure tales while also enriching classes in history and women’s studies, and units on war and peace...Recommended”  —Library Media Connection

“Atwood’s admiration and enthusiasm for her subjects is apparent in these engaging profiles, and readers will likely be inspired to investigate these fascinating women further.”  —Kirkus Reviews

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