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The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Posted by Sherry on 3/28/2017 in 1944, History, Movies, Nonfiction, Poland, World War II |

I read The Zookeeper’s Wife back in 2008 and wrote about it on Semicolon. Since the book is set to become a movie at the end of March, here are my thoughts on the book at the time I read it. *********** Jan Zabinski was the Polish director of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when […]

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New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Awards

Posted by Sherry on 1/20/2017 in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, Children's Fiction, General |

In 1937 two awards of $250 each were established by the New York Herald-Tribune for the best books for younger children and for older children published between January and June. In 1941 the system of awards was revised. Three awards, of $200.00 each, were given to the best books in the following three classes: young […]

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A Year of Borrowed Men by Michelle Barker

1944. Not all World War 2 stories, even those about prisoners, are about concentration camps and horror and death. Even those stories that exist in the shadow of death and destruction can be human and hopeful. A Year of Borrowed Men is one such hopeful war story about kindness and friendship. Seven yer old Gerda’s […]

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Unlikely Warrior by Georg Rauch

Posted by Sherry on 10/21/2015 in 1943, 1944, 1945, General, Nonfiction, World War II |

Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch. Because Austrian Georg Rauch had a Jewish grandmother, making him one quarter Jewish blood (whatever that means), he was not made an officer in the army of the Third Reich. However, Rauch’s Jewish ancestry didn’t prevent him from being drafted into the German army […]

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted by Sherry on 10/20/2015 in 1943, 1944, 1945, General, Nonfiction, World War II |

Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive, Adapted for Young Adults by Laura Hillenbrand. I first read Unbroken, the life history of Olympic runner and prisoner of war in Japan, Louis Zamperini, in 2011, about four years ago. I was astounded and moved by this man’s story then, and as I’ve read […]

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The Envoy by Alex Kershaw

Posted by Sherry on 8/26/2015 in 1944, General, Nonfiction, World War II |

The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II by Alex Kershaw. On Saturday morning, I went to this protest at Planned Parenthood, Gulf Coast, the site of the largest and most lucrative abortion facility in the United States. On Saturday afternoon and evening, […]

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Events and Inventions: 1944

Posted by Sherry on 3/18/2015 in 1944, 20th Century History Project, General, World War II |

January 27, 1944. The Red Army (Russian) relieves the German siege of Leningrad, pushing the Germans back beyond artillery range. Leningrad has been under German guns for 900 days, and over one million people have died of hunger, cold, starvation, disease or from direct warfare. January 22, 1944. Allied troops land on the beaches of […]

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The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

I didn’t know until the very end of this book what the title “the green glass sea” meant, but it turned out to be an appropriate name for a particularly enjoyable book. The Green Glass Sea was the winner of the 2007 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, an award presented to a children’s or […]

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D-Day: Books for Children and Young Adults

Posted by Sherry on 8/11/2014 in 1944, History, World War II |

D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson. The Story of D-Day: June 6, 1944 by Bruce Bliven, Jr. (Landmark Book #62) Mr. Atkinson’s story of the events of D-Day was “adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times–bestselling The Guns at Last Light, D-Day.” Guns at Last Light is the third […]

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The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Posted by Sherry on 5/12/2014 in 1944, 2014, Nonfiction, World War II |

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Sheve Sheinkin, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Winner for Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. I’ve never heard of Port Chicago or the Port Chicago 50. So Mr. Sheinkin’s tale of 50 black seamen who defied […]

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