Synopses & Reviews
An Amelia Bloomer List Recommended Title
A VOYA Nonfiction Honor List Selection
Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work--sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.
Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.
An overview of World War II and summaries of each countrys entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each womans unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any students or history buffs bookshelf.
Organized by country, this historical exploration includes stories of girls and women from across Europe and the United States who risked their lives to perform extremely dangerous acts against the Nazis during World War II. The 26 profiles bring to life courageous women such as Noor Inayat Khan, a radio operator who parachuted into occupied France and transferred crucial messages; Johtje Vos, the Dutch housewife who hid Jews in her home and was repeatedly interrogated by the Gestapo; and Hannie Schaft, a Dutch law student who became involved in the most dangerous resistance work—sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. The profiles are written using dialogue, direct quotes, and document excerpts to lend authenticity and immediacy. Each profile includes one or more informative sidebars and is followed by a list of relevant books, websites, and films, making it an attractive resource for teachers, parents, and libraries.
Twenty-six suspense-filled stories of daring resistance to the Nazis unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.
About the Author
Kathryn J. Atwood is the editor of Code Name Pauline and a writer who has contributed to BookPleasures.com; Midwest Book Review; PopMatters.com; and War, Literature, and the Arts. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago.