Reviews and Blog Posts: World War II

The book thief

by Markus Zusak

Reviewer Rating:
4

This story is about a foster German girl, books, a Jewish fist fighter and a little bit of thievery. In 1942 Leisel Meminger, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany discovers something she can't resist...books.  She begins to steal books from the Mayor's library and Nazi book burnings.  With...

Delicious! : A novel

by Ruth Reichl

Reviewer Rating:
2

Billie Breslin fled her life in Southern California to work at New York's premier food magazine, Delicious. But just when she's become accustomed to her new life and new culinary friends, the owners of Delicious cease publication and lay off everyone except Billie, who stays on to honor the magazine's recipe...

Unstoppable Octobia May

by Sharon Flake

Reviewer Rating:
4

I am continuing my look at jFIC books with a female protagonist.  Set in Kansas in Jim Crow 1950s during the Korean War Octobia May lives with her aunt Shuma who runs a boarding house. Octobia has a vivid imagination and aong with her best friend (a boy) is on...

Murder in the Marais

by Cara Black

Reviewer Rating:
4

Aimée Leduc is a young and hungry private investigator living in Paris. Still mourning the loss of her detective father whose death she witnessed, Aimée is more determined than ever to stay away from criminal cases. But when taxes need to be paid, she accepts a job against her better judgment...

Rose under fire

by Elizabeth Wein

Reviewer Rating:
4

In this follow- up novel to Codename Verity, Rose Justice is a British transport pilot who is caught by the Luftwaffe and sent to Ravensbrück, a women’s concentration camp.  The novel alternates between memories of the camp and her recovery in Paris after her escape and her later participation in...

The Wives of Los Alamos : a novel

by TaraShea Nesbit

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Wives of Los Alamos is historical fiction about the women who accompany their husbands to Los Alamos during the height of nuclear-bomb production during World War II. The book is written without dialog and is told by the collective "we". Each paragraph is told according to more than one viewpoint,...

Captain Marvel. [Vol. 1], In pursuit of flight

by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Reviewer Rating:
4

I'll admit, I hadn't heard of Captain Marvel until last year's Denver Comic Con, so I was intrigued by this collection. While I enjoyed the stories contained in In Pursuit of Flight, I REALLY appreciated the 4-page rundown of the history of Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers included at the end of...

Code name Verity

by Elizabeth Wein

Reviewer Rating:
5

The performance of this audiobook was excellent.  The narrators did such a great job of bringing to life the two main characters—Queenie/Julie, a Special Operations Executive, and Maddie, an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot.  Set in Britain and Nazi-occupied France during World War II, the story revolves around these two young...

How I learned geography

by Uri Shulevitz

Reviewer Rating:
4

Uri Shulevitz was just a young boy in Warsaw, Poland when he and his family fled World War II’s devastation.  They had lost everything in the Warsaw Blitz.  They managed to travel to Turkestan, although they lived in poverty.   This picture book recounts an event that happened during those early...

A higher call

by Adam Makos

Reviewer Rating:
4

My grandfather flew B-24s for the Army Air Corps in World War II, and he recommended this book to his entire family. If you enjoyed Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, you should give this book a try.

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