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Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang [Kindle Edition]

April W. Gardner
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Book Description

Lizzie Browning loves nothing more than her tiny, island-home of Guernsey, but when German bombs drop on her crystal beach, her peaceful world explodes. For months, the big war in Europe has been nothing more than stories in the paper, but as the enemy takes over Guernsey, the war rushes to her doorstep. For Lizzie, younger brother Andre, and cousin James, the time to escape is now, and they know just how to do it.

Phillip Seifert, the odd boy from down the street, has all the markings of a genuine Nazi-lover. Lizzie knows better than to trust him, but he somehow manages to weasel his way into James’ good graces. Phillip joins the gang in their audacious escape plan, and Lizzie can do little more than pray he doesn’t get them all shot. But Lizzie soon learns that God doesn’t always answer prayers in the way she expects. He might actually plan for them to live under Nazi rule…forever.

Editorial Reviews


Teachers, librarians, homeschool moms take note. Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang will not only help you teach history, it'll help you share the joy of discovering it with your students. --Angela Breidenbach, author 

From the Author

What? You didn't know the Germans occupied British soil for five years during WWII? Don't feel bad. I didn't either. Not until I met Ruth, a dear friend from our church in England, who lived the experience.
Ruth is a wonderful story teller. And the best part? Her stories are true. Like Lizzie, the main character in my book, Ruth was nine with the Germans bombed her beautiful beach, but that was only the beginning of five long years of fear and faith.
Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang is founded on Ruth's life experiences and constructed with a healthy dose of my imagination. It's the first in a series of historical adventure books geared toward children ages 9-12, and is set to release with Astraea Press November 15th. 
--April W Gardner

Product Details

  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468144790
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Astraea Press (November 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00684MTU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for any age. March 12, 2012
What a powerful story about the occupation of the Isle of Guernsey. Based on historically accurate facts about a girl who lived through the occupation with her family and friends. I personally know the author and the wonderful lady this story is about. It will make you feel like you are there with them, going through some difficult times. This is only the first book! More to come soon. Before this, I had never known that any British territory had been occupied during World War 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang April 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Lizzy & the Gernsey Gang is a delightful story of how a family survived the German invasion of the Isle of Guernsey during World War II from a child's perspective. Lizzy, her brother, cousin James and the "strange" kid from down the block were not sent away to England before the invasion so they were there for it all. Their plans for escape actually resulted in being the means for the adult "spies" to get word out!

An accurate retelling of the occupation of the island and the difficulties of that time. Well researched and written! It demonstrates how faith was an integral part of what helped them during some harrowing experiences. It also showed that even an enemy can know and love the Lord and demonstrate Christian values even though on an opposing side--and how war can mess with your faith and your mind. Although written for "tweens" anyone could enjoy this story. Highly recommended. It would work well for a home school history reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars war and faith and family August 2, 2012
By chrisGA
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an engaging children's adventure set on the British Channel Islands during World War II. As a teacher, I delight in finding a well-written book that allows today's child to experience another time and place from the viewpoint of an age-peer and to see history as stories about people "just like me". Essential to a child's enjoyment are both fun and spunky characters and a plot full of action and adventure. LIZZIE AND THE GUERNSEY GANG meets these requirements.

We are introduced to Lizzie and her cousin James, who are both nine years old, and little brother, Andre, who is six. They tease and race and giggle just like any other children, enjoying the sun and the sand. When their parents choose to not send them away when the school children are evacuated, they feel they were left out of a great adventure. Then the Nazis arrive, and the children rapidly shift from frolicking on the beach to running in terror away from the Nazi planes and the horrible sound of bombing. The reader will feel himself crouching at the base of the sea wall with Lizzie, James and Andre, feel the concussions of the bombing, and smell the smoke. By page 11, any child will be "hooked" and anxious to read what happens next.

The terror of war and the loss of a sense of security in their previously safe home are realistically presented. The reader vicariously experiences the tension of learning to live with occupiers through Lizzie's eyes and emotions: "Uncertainty and terror threatened to choke me. I picked up my pace, desperate to be home." "Dad would say God promised to never leave us or forsake us, but right then, I felt like the loneliest girl in the world." " I didn't know what to say. I wasn't hurt, but something inside me sizzled. Anger...and determination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! July 20, 2012
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Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang is an amazing book. It's a great story about friendship and love between children who live on an island called Guernsey, but also an eye-opening tale based on a real person. The author's descriptions of Germans taking over the island is seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old named Lizzie. I definitely felt what she was feeling as the island was bombed and Nazi's infiltrated their once-peaceful island. Not knowing anything about the island before reading this book, it prompted me to search for more information about. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Adventure June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a firm believer in children's literature being well-written enough for all ages to enjoy. Children do not need to be "talked down to" in order to understand hard topics. In fact, by challenging their vocabulary and understanding of history, a book can help stretch their imagination and intellect.

This book by April Gardner does an excellent job of it. It's a short read, but the tension created throughout makes it memorable. As a mother who homeschools, I'm glad to be able to give my son a book that will help him understand the World War II from an insider's point of view. The differing opinions in the book challenge a young one to think for themselves and not jump to conclusions. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mid-Grade Fiction June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book reminded me of one of my favorite books when I was a kid - Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. Lizzie's story is far more personal, however, which brings an emotional, heart-wrenching quality to the story. The inspirational quality also adds much to it. Lizzie, her brother, her cousin James, and Philip all were well-fleshed out as characters, along with the other minor characters. The details were also wonderful and brought the setting to life.

From what I understand, this is the first of a series. I'm looking forward to the others!
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April Gardner has been a military brat, missionary's kid, and military spouse. After 21 years in various countries overseas, April happily resides in Georgia with her USAF husband. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian.

Librarian, reviewer, and avid reader, April adores anything books. She writes a weekly column for the joint blog, Reflections in Hindsight, and is the founder and senior editor of the website, Clash of the Titles.

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