Told in a matter of fact tone by Roy Samuelson with just the right breaths to keep you riveted to the story we learn what it took to invent the world's most destructive weapon. We learn how the team of geniuses who came up and carried out the concept of annihilation were assembled and a little bit about their private lives. This book, a winner of multiple awards, will interest not just the young people interested in science but adults as well. Ages 10+ Maria Gentle
Raised in foster homes, Jayna finally has a taste of real family life when her older brother Rob rescues her. When Rob is called up for duty in the Navy, Jayna is again left alone. Not one to languish in self-pity for too long, Jayna sets out on an adventure to New York City to track down the woman in an old family photograph. Will it be her grandmother? Urged on by a ghost and accompanied by her pet turtle, Jayna takes us into a world where family is loosely defined but love and comfort is abounding. Ten to Fourteen. Anne Womack
Well researched (note the extensive back matter) with lots of photographs to give life to the men described, this book tells the story of another group of African American men anxious to serve their country during World War II and facing incredible hardship and prejudice. These men were paratroopers who ultimately became smoke-jumpers because of the prejudice and narrow-mindedness of our military leaders. The details of their training, their friendship and their dedication is a story that needed to be told. It found the right author. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching
An amazing tour de force of historical fiction and the bonds of friendship, this elaborately plotted, impeccably researched, and ultimately heartbreaking novel follows two young women as they struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied France. Christie Morven’s and Lucy Gaskell’s narrations in the audio version enliven both the action and the tension.
When Gail Halvorsen was stationed in Berlin at the end of World War II, he dropped candy bars for the children as he flew overhead. Letters and drawings from these children illustrate how much his kindness meant to this war-damaged city.
A highly visual memoir describes growing up in Czechoslovakia in the Iron Curtain years. Sís loved to draw, admired things western, and learned very early that his country hid information, before he finally defected to the West.
Two men, one black and one white, grew up in the same neighborhood and had parallel military careers but never met until they were in their seventies. This true story illuminates both World War II and the nature of race in America.
As 17-year-old Helmuth Hubener awaits the executioner, he recalls the actions that led to his death sentence: listening to English language radio and spreading pamphlets in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s.