A 2012 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 country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.
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Kathryn J. Atwood is an educator and writer. She has contributed to War, Literature, and the Arts, PopMatters.com, Midwest Book Review, and Women’s Independent Press.Review:
"A well-written collection." —World War II Magazine “Atwood’s vivid, accessible storytelling brings to life the oft forgotten female spies, saboteurs, and survivors who were utterly crucial to American victory in World War II. This book rightly solidifies their place in human history.” —Ben Montgomery, author of The Leper Spy and New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk “Anyone who thinks that women’s only responsibility in World War II was keeping morale high on the home front will change this view after reading about spies, prisoners of war, guerrilla fighters, and other courageous women in Women Heroes of World War II—the Pacific Theater.” —Elizabeth M. Norman, author of We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Women Trapped on Bataan
"Each story has been meticulously researched...This is a great read for students who like adventure or are researching World War II." —VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocate reviews
"Inspiring accounts of the lives of women—some of them still in their teens—whose courage made a difference in the dark days of World War II." —Rita Kramer, author of Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France
"Those in Women Heroes of World War II surely played a major role in turning the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. Kathryn Atwood’s book will be a wonderful inspiration to girls and women."
—Judith Pearson, author of The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy
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