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My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (Dear America) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2000
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Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.
The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.
MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.
Top Customer Reviews
"My Secret War" paints a wonderful portrait of America in 1941. Madeline cultivates a close friendship with her German-Jewish neighbors, and learns to tread respectfully around the fear and sadness they harbor. She is distraught when she learns of the Japanese-American citizens put in American camps for 'observation' and reminds her classmates to take seriously the meaning behind the president's wife's exhortation to not allow America to be divided by race or religion. Madeline organizes a club to collect scrap, metal, and stockings for the war effort, and tries to diligently answer her father's letters, hoping that a telegram won't arrive with news of his injury or death.
Madeline is, in many ways, a perfectly ordinary girl. She frets that the pretty girls at school don't acknowledge her. She crushes on her young boy friend, regaling him with tales of her father's bravery and heroism, but sometimes worrying that if he starts to like her in "that way" then she suddenly won't be free to be herself anymore. She is relieved when she finds that she can be a "girlfriend" AND a "girl friend" without having to sacrifice her personality or free spirit.
"My Secret War" takes a long and intriguing look at a different aspect of World War II - those who stayed behind in America. The women who joined factory jobs; the girls who initiated scrap metal drives and stocking collections. The children who lived knowing that fathers and brothers might not be homing home. The people who had to chose whether to fear or love their new European refugee neighbors and their old Japanese-American neighbors, and the sad consequences when the wrong choice was made. Through all this, fictional Madeline is strong, vibrant, and touchingly realistic.
~ Ana Mardoll
Madeline soon finds that there are people with strange accents following her (one who almost runs her over), ever since she walked along the beach one night and was found by the Coast Guard. Johnny and Mad (Madeline) soon tip off the FBI, and help to catch Nazi's. Not only that Mad's dad comes back from the war after being injured, and Mad and her mother have to move to San Francisco to be with him.
This was an excellent book, and I think that every kid should read it.
Though I would recommend you buying this book, it does come with faculties. Maddie Beck's stint with romance was unneeded and at times Maddie's actions proved a little too immature for a 13 year old. Also, it lacks the same appeal to boys as it does for girls.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 14 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 18 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 23 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 on September 4, 2013 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