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Grade 4-7-Maddie Beck, 13, lives with her mother in a Long Island boardinghouse while her lieutenant-commander father is stationed in the Pacific. Her mother rapidly fits in to their new community, but Maddie finds it difficult to make friends, until classmate (and crush) Johnny Vecchio learns that her father is in the Navy. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Maddie and Johnny organize a student group to sell war bonds, gather scrap metal, collect newspapers and used books, and make first-aid kits for the Red Cross. One restless night, Maddie takes a walk on the beach and encounters someone with a heavy accent and another threatening character. This night leads to more mysterious events that finally prompt her to call the FBI, which leads to the arrest of four Nazi agents. Then the Becks get a telegram that Maddie's father has been injured, and they prepare to move to San Francisco where he is to be hospitalized. Osborne has done an excellent job of capturing the feelings and anxieties of the time coupled with the concerns and uncertainties of young people. An excellent companion novel to Carolyn Reeder's Foster's War (Scholastic, 1998; o.p.).
Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Gr. 5-9. Set in 1941, this title in the Dear America series features Madeline Beck, an eighth-grader adjusting to a new life in Long Island, New York. She longs for acceptance among her schoolmates and misses her father, a soldier stationed on the West Coast. Starting a club to aid the war effort helps, bringing personal pride, friendships, even romance into her life. Things become complicated, however, when she accidentally witnesses a suspicious beach rendezvous. As with many others in this series, the diary format mixes fact and fiction in a way that may confuse some readers, and the historical note at the back of the book skims the complex issues of the war. But the period details are fascinating--from references to songs and fashions to newspaper headlines and quotes from Roosevelt--and lively, complex Madeline deals with timeless teen dilemmas as she learns the importance of appreciating differences. A fast, engaging read that offers a glimpse into wartime America, especially the war's impact on teens. Shelle Rosenfeld
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This is a great book for anyone who's into WW2. I liked the twists throughout the book. I picked this up at the library and as soon as I started reading... I was hooked! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Flalamingo
Madeline is your typical teenager. She has to deal with popular girls, she misses her dad and is confused when she gets a boy's attention. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Meghan U.
I loved this book as a child and have even read it as an adult. I'm glad I have all of my Dear America books again to pass on to my children some day.Published 17 months ago by Konica
I ordered this as a replacement for a lost book in our public library collection. Thank you for this service to all..Published 24 months ago by AK BC
My Secert War was really good! It is a great book for kids about 9-13. It has a great view on what everyone (especially kids) can do for our country. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by LuvtoRead
The Dear America series of books are historical fiction, but the stories also have real facts interwoven into them. Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Z Hayes
"The navy regrets to tell you that our husband lieutenant commander David Beck has been critically wounded...we will furnish more details when available... Read morePublished on March 15, 2007
I had to read this book, called My Secret War, for a US History book report. At first I chose this book because I noticed that is was on World War II. Read morePublished on December 18, 2006 by J. Foster