world war, 1939-1945

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world war, 1939-1945

From foxholes and flight decks

letters home from World War II : the remarkable story of Americans at war as revealed in their personal correspondence
Presents excerpts from letters written by American servicemen and -women in World War II and background on the topics and themes covered, such as Pearl Harbor and long-distance love, and includes removable, miniature copies of several of the handwritten letters discussed.

Pearl Harbor

Presents an introduction to the memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and why this symbol of sacrifice is important to Americans.

The other side

Soccer enthusiast Liam is struggling with the deterioration of his beloved grandfather and with the pressures of trying out for a competitive team. When he comes across a girl's dead body washed up on the shore, he can't seem to shake the image of her from his head. Visits to his grandfather, a German World War II veteran, to watch the world cup, reveal stories of a painful shared history that may offer insights into how the girl died.

The woman all spies fear

code breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and her hidden life
"Biography of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, an American woman who pioneered codebreaking in WWI and WWII but was only recently recognized for her extraordinary contributions to the field"--Provided by publisher.


an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II, adapted for Young Adults
Shut the hatches. It's time to roll out. You'll find yourself behind enemy lines with Clarence Smoyer and the 3rd Armored Division, the workhorse unit known as "Spearhead," the best in the tank armor ranks.

American girl

"The battles of World War II may be a world away, but Molly McIntire and her family do what they can to help from the 1944 home front. Meet Molly and her family, and get to know what it was like to be a girl celebrating Christmas during World War II in this Step 3 Step into Reading leveled reader"--Provided by publisher.


"Danny Timmons has looked up to Jack Bailey ever since Jack saved two small children from drowning during the Great Flood of 1940. Now, with his father away fighting in World War II and his mother about to have a new baby, Danny relies on Jack's friendship and guidance more than ever. So when Jack goes missing without a trace from their small Appalachian town, Danny is determined to find him. He wonders if Jack's abusive father could be behind his disappearance, or if it has anything to do with Yonder--a hidden magical town Jack once spoke of, where flocks of rainbow birds fly through the sky and they've never heard of war. As answers elude him, Danny begins to fear that he didn't know Jack as well as he thought"--Provided by publisher.

In harm's way

the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the story of its survivors
A young readers edition that tells the story of the "USS Indianapolis," a battle cruiser torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, shortly after delivering parts of the atom bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima; and discusses the heroic struggles of sailors who survived the blast to stay alive in the sea for nearly five days before help arrived.


Growing up in 1943 war-torn England, thirteen-year-old Alice and her older sister Louise are members of a centuries-old spy clan, but when Louise decides to spy for the enemy, their bond is changed forever.


Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.


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