Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival

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Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival

Written By: Kathryn J. Atwood

Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 1, 2016)

YA nonfiction

I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to review it for the Cybils Awards

These were the first stories that I had read about the Pacific theater. In school, we always seemed to gloss over WW2 as it was at the end of the school year and so we learned a bit about Hitler and not so much about the other half of this world war.

I like that it is basically a series of short stories about women that I’d mostly never heard of. I did remember Gladys Aylward from our Sonlight days (we skipped her book- but I feel like I should get points for knowing she was a missionary)

Altogether fifteen stories start with placing the woman geographically and telling a bit about what was going on in the region before the war and then get into that story. I like the format as a jumping off point for further research or if you just need a quick overview.

I enjoyed this very much and discovered that Atwood has published three previous books about women during the World Wars with Chicago Review Press: Women Heroes of World War I, Women Heroes of World War II, and Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent.

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