Across a War-Tossed Sea

Across a War-Tossed Sea

by L. M. Elliott

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Across a War-Tossed Sea by L. M. Elliott

It's 1943, and World War II is raging. To escape the terror of the Blitz, ten-year-old Wesley and fourteen-year-old Charles were evacuated from England to America. After a few near misses with German U-boats and a treacherous ocean crossing, the brothers arrived in Virginia. The culture shock is intense as the London boys adjust to rural farm life and have to learn new sports, customs, and spellings, plus contend with racial segregation and bullying. As time goes by, the brothers begin to adapt to their new reality and blaze their own trails, writing letters home, making new friends, and pitching in to the American war effort. But just when Wes and Charles think they are safe from the terror of the battles raging thousands of miles across the sea, they encounter the very brand of soldiers they were trying to escape: Nazis, from a POW camp right around the corner and U-boats torpedoing American ships off the nearby Atlantic coastline. Suddenly, Charles, Wesley, and their new Virginian family must face the dangers of a foreign war coming too close to home. Award-winning author L. M. Elliott brings a rarely told story of World War II on U.S. soil to light in this gripping and meticulously-researched novel, a companion to the beloved Under a War-Torn Sky.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423193944
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,113,140
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

L.M. Elliott ( is the author of Under a War-Torn Sky, a NCSS/CBC Notable Book in Social Studies, Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, and winner of the Borders' Original Voices Award, and its sequel, A Troubled Peace, also a NCSS/CBC Notable; Annie, Between the States, an IRA Teacher's Choice and NYPL Book for the Teen Age; Give Me Liberty, and Flying South, a Bank Street College Best Children's Book. She lives in Virginia with her family.

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I've been a fan of Ms. Elliott's books since Under a War Torn Sky and its sequel A Troubled Peace.  In this companion, readers are treated to the lives and love of the Ratcliff family. Readers of the series will love learning more about Patsy and her family.  Ms. Elliott's knack for authenticity, description, and the creation of characters to love are in full force in this novel.  As with all of her novels. war and conflict force characters to question and stand for their beliefs in the face of crisis. As a fan of historical fiction, I always appreciate Ms. Elliott's ability to teach me more about some of history's little known events and lives.  I loved this book from cover to cover.  I advise reading them in order for to completely savor the entire story.