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"Inspiring accounts of the lives of women--some of them still in their teens--whose courage made a difference in the dark days of World War II." --Rita Kramer, author of Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France
"These stories will restore your faith in the human spirit and encourage us all to remember to do what is right. . . . [A] must read for anyone who has ever asked themselves: 'What can I do? Can one person really make a difference?'" --Kenneth Koskodan, author of No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II
"Atwood's admiration and enthusiasm for her subjects is apparent in these engaging profiles, and readers will likely be inspired to investigate these fascinating women further." --Kirkus Reviews
"Each story has been meticulously researched. . . . This is a great read for students who like adventure or are researching World War II." --VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocate reviews
"Adds a vital dimension to more traditional titles on the war. It will appeal to browsers seeking adventure tales while also enriching classes in history and women's studies, and units on war and peace...Recommended" --Library Media Connection
About the Author
Kathryn J. Atwood is an educator and writer who has contributed to PopMatters.com; War, Literature, and the Arts; Midwest Book Review; and Women's Independent Press.
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The book is divided by country, with woman heroes from: Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States. Among the stories are Irena Sendler, who helped children escape from the infamous Warsaw Ghetto; Virginia Hall, known by the Nazis as Artemis (one of their most wanted), who had an artificial leg named Cuthbert; and Sophie Scholl, the German student beheaded for distributing anti-government tracts.
These whistle-stop tours of their lives hardly give enough information about these wonderful women who stood up to be counted in the face of tyranny, but they are inspirational and encourage the reader to use the bibliography at the end to find out more. It is thoroughly readable, and absolutely compelling, and is a necessary read to ensure the bravery of these fine women is never forgotten.
This book should be incorporated into the History curriculum in schools! It is a wonderful read and would, I hope, inspire many children to want to find out more... Particularly enjoyed the piece on Noor Inayat Khan.
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