Monday, June 4, 2012

Michael at the Invasion of France 1943 (Boys of Wartime) by Laurie Calkhoven -ESSENTIAL

Calkhoven, Laurie Michael at the Invasion of France 1943 (Boys of Wartime) 240 pgs. Dial, 2012. $12.40.  (Rating: Violence PG, Language G, Sexual G)
Michael is pre-teen living in France during World War II. When the German Nazis invade and occupy, Michael starts to resist in little ways. Without his captured brother or his father, who is in England, Michael must grow up fast if he wants to help his mother and little sister survive. Food is scare and it’s almost winter. He is thrilled to become a part of the real Resistance, assisting  American aviators to get back home. But the danger is only increasing, and Michael has the chance to prove himself.
This was a fantastic book, I could hardly put it down. Not only does it bring this historical point of view to life in vivid detail, but it does so by being honest -without being overtly too violent or harsh for young readers. Although the plot was fast paced and action packed, which students will love, the author does not neglect filling out the character of Michael. Readers will grow and learn right along with him. I am tempted to add this entire series to the libraries collection.
ELEMENTARY – ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.

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