Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight

Posted by Sherry on 8/9/2017 in 1940, Children's Fiction, England, General, Young Adult Fiction |

I finally read this justly famous and best-selling dog story, and the first surprise was the title. It’s not “Lassie, come home!”, a plea or a command for Lassie to return to home and hearth, as I always thought it was. Instead, “Lassie Come-Home” is a nickname for the faithful collie who does return home, […]


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 […]


Silence Over Dunkerque by John Tunis

Posted by Sherry on 2/24/2016 in 1940, Adult Fiction, Historical fiction, World War II, Young Adult Fiction |

Mr. Tunis was known as “the inventor of the modern sports story.” He wrote numerous sports novels featuring young baseball players and young football players, but her did not consider himself a “children’s writer”, even though his publishers insisted on marketing his books to young people. Since there was no separate “young adult” publishing sector […]


FDR and the American Crisis by Albert Marrin

History professor Albert Marrin has been writing nonfiction narrative history for quite a while: his first book for young adults was Overlord: D Day and the Invasion of Europe, which was published in 1982. He has written more than thirty history narratives for children and young adults, including Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle […]


11 Favorite Nonfiction Books I Read in 2014

Posted by Sherry on 12/29/2014 in 1932, 1940, Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction |

I read over 200 books in 2014. Of those, if I counted right, only twenty-two were nonfiction. So, when I say the “11 best” or 11 favorite”, I’m including half of the nonfiction books I read this past year. The first two on the list were my favorites; the rest are in no particular order. […]


Christmas in Northeast China, 1940

Posted by Sherry on 12/5/2014 in 1940, Around the World, China, General, Nonfiction, World War II |

David Michell was born in China, the son of Australian Christian missionaries working with the China Inland Mission. He was at Chefoo School, away from his parents, when the Japanese took the students and staff there captive. He spent part of the war in an internment camp, the same camp where Olympic runner Eric Liddell […]


Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett’s Children of the King feeds into some of my fondest fascinations: British history, especially kings and queens and all that jazz. World War II stories about child evacuees. Crumbling castles and the ghosts that inhabit them. Old English houses full of old stuff. Mysteries of history. Homeschooling and storytelling. Themes of courage and […]


The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

Posted by Sherry on 8/26/2014 in 1940, 2014, General, Germany, Movies, World War II, Young Adult Fiction |

Leni Riefenstahl, in case you’ve never heard of her was Hitler’s pet film maker. She became famous with her 193 Nazi propaganda film, Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens). Then, Hitler asked her to film the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Riefenstahl became the toast of the film world as she went on a publicity tour […]


Poetry Friday: Winston Spencer Churchill

Posted by Sherry on 3/14/2014 in 1939, 1940, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry, World War II |

Winston Churchill was a fascinating man, and he cultivated many vocations and avocations: soldier, politician, journalist, essayist, biographer, historian, bricklayer, painter, pilot, architect, lecturer, spymaster, head of the navy, member of Parliament, and Prime Minister—just to name a few. However, I’ll bet you never thought of him as a poet. All students of World War […]

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For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

“This book is written as fiction but tells a true story.” Suzanne David Hall was thirteen years old in 1940 when the Germans invaded France, and she later became a spy for the French resistance. While training to become an opera singer, she relayed messages that helped bring about the Allied invasion of Normandy. The […]

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