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Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific Hardcover


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  • Age Range: 10 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419710281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419710285
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An award-winning journalist, Mary Cronk Farrell’s books have received many accolades and a SPUR Award. She lives in Spokane, WA.

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PURE GRIT: A STORY OF RESILIENCE & SURVIVAL
American forces on Corregidor Island surrendered under a hot sun at noon, May 4, 1942. After five months of brutal combat nursing, 68 American women became Japanese prisoners of war.

The women had arrived in the Philippines unprepared for war and expecting a tropical play land. Rising to the occasion, they were driven to the limits of endurance nursing wounded and dying American soldiers. Now the woman faced the horrors of prison camp--disease, starvation, and humiliation by their guards.

With ingenuity and dedication to duty, the U.S. Army and Navy women set up a hospital for other prisoners, nursing as long as they had the strength to rise from their pallets. For three years behind barbed wire the women would turn suffering into humor, hope and the will to survive. Their pure grit testifies to the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

I'm an award-winning author of Children's/YA books and former journalist with a passion for stories about people facing great adversity with courage.

Writing these stories shows me time again that in our darkest moments we have the opportunity to discover our true identity and follow an inner compass toward the greater good.

Both my fiction and non-fiction titles feature little-known true stories of history based on thorough research. Most include an author's note, bibliography and further resources, but they are not dry, scholarly tomes! Confronting grief, adversity and failure in my own life, enables me to write stories with an authentic emotional core.

My books have been named Notable Social Studies Book for Young People, SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West, Bank Street College List of Best Children's Books, and NY Public Library Best Books for Teens. My journalistic work has received numerous awards for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and two Emmy nominations.

For more information about my school and conference presentations visit my website MaryCronkFarrell.com. Say "Hi" while you're there.


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HUGE kudos to Mary Cronk Farrell who finally told this story.
Chris Koppelman
Written for middle-grade readers, this is a book that can easily be enjoyed by teens and adults as well.
Laurie Thompson
This book was riveting--horrifying, heartbreaking, and somehow inspirational.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jody casella on March 3, 2014
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This book was riveting--horrifying, heartbreaking, and somehow inspirational. And all the more so because it is a true story. I'm embarrassed to say that I knew very little about this subject--US military nurses who were taken prisoner in the Philippines during WWII. What these women went through is incredible and how they managed to still do their jobs during their captivity is even more amazing.

Like the very best non-fiction books, this one makes me want to learn more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Koppelman on February 27, 2014
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I just finished PURE GRIT, and it blew me away. Beautifully written, documented and depicted in words and photographs, I couldn't put it down. I was so overwhelmed by the courage and character of these women. I am floored that I have never heard of this group of heroes; they are truly an important part of our greatest generation. I have two teen-age daughters, and this book is going to be REQUIRED READING for them. I have ordered it for my grandmother, who played her own role in the war, and I will recommend it to all. HUGE kudos to Mary Cronk Farrell who finally told this story. Thank you for giving us these amazing role models found in PURE GRIT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Burke Fessler on April 5, 2014
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This is a wonderful book - very well researched and presents the circumstances of these prisons accurately. I knew some of these nurses, before they left us, when writing my book, NO TIME FOR FEAR, VOICES OF AMERICAN MILITARY NURSES IN WORLD WAR II. They would be so proud to have their stories told in this way. Soon it will be 70 years since these brave women were rescued from the Philippine prison camps, and like the patients they cared for under horrible circumstances, they should never be forgotten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Thompson on April 4, 2014
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This is a riveting account of true heroism from the Army and Navy nurses captured by the Japanese as WWII POWs, with a major theme being that we all have it in us to be strong in the face of adversity. Pictures and other archival research bring the history to life and allow us to see what it was like for these brave women and the soldiers (and civilians) who were in their care while they were interned. I had never heard about this particular piece of history before, and I was fascinating by the telling of it. Written for middle-grade readers, this is a book that can easily be enjoyed by teens and adults as well. Highly recommended!
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By Floetta on April 11, 2014
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With guts and determination, these young women proved their worth! It's an inspiring sooty for any youngster to read and dream.
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