My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (Dear America Series)

6 Nov

My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (Dear America Series)

My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (Dear America Series)

Mary Pope Osborne

Language: English

Pages: 190

ISBN: 0590687158

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II while her father is away in the Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

place to live at all. I lifted my hands heavenward, thanking my lucky stars, and Mom laughed, all the pins falling out of her mouth. OCTOBER 13, 1941 Dear Diary, My shorter skirt seemed to have had no positive effect on the girls. In fact, today was my worst day at school so far. During lunch, Maxine formed a little group she named the “Star Points.” She chose the five prettiest girls (including herself, of course) to be “Points.” Needless to say, I’m not one of them. I have a gap between my

or nudge each other. I think for some reason the truth scares us both to death. ✮✮✮ 151 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 S 22 R 23 RRD_001-181_r5kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM Page 152 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R JULY 17, 1942 Dear Diary, Finally another letter from one of Dad’s nurses! This one told us more about his condition. His hands were burned, so they are in bandages and that’s why he can’t write to us himself. His head injury is not

covered one-sixth of the nation’s $304 billion war expenses. 172 RRD_001-181_r5kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:05 PM Page 173 The United States government drew women to defense-industry jobs with ads reading, “If you’ve sewed on buttons, or made buttonholes on a machine, you can learn to do spot welding on airplane parts.” Because defense jobs gave them a sense of responsibility for the war effort, women responded enthusiastically. Here, a woman works in the spot welding department for Lockheed, an aircraft

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4/17/00 1:04 PM Page 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R afternoon I rode my bike to the newspaper stand and scanned the front page of The New York Times for information about Tojo. All I saw was a small article saying the Japanese have rejected conditions for negotiations with the United States. I don’t know what that means, but it doesn’t sound good. I think I’d better share my concerns with Johnny. NOVEMBER 29, 1941 Dear Diary, I rode by Johnny’s house this

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