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In this clear, concise account of the Second World War, written specially for young people, Katharine Savage has written a lovely book for the young. Withe confidence and authrity she tells of the many stories that happened on the stage in the theatre of war. She suggests with remarkable insight the interaction of powerful personalites; sees with compassion the suffering of the war's innocent victims. The result is a comprehensive, authentic picture of the war, presented simply, fluently and vividly. The book, although written for children, is still quite complicated, and is probably more aimed at teenagers than children younger than that. There are also quite a few black and white photographs illustrating the book, and several maps as well.

Reader's Reviews


A really, really good account of the Second World War, including everything, not just what the British did, but what the Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders, Germans, Russians and Australians did as well. This book does not water the war down at all – unlike the absolutely terrible Horrible Histories series – and is a detailed, yet relatiely simple, account of the Second World War.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 12+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 9+

Lots of mentions of all those who died, but no graphic accounts.

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