At first glance, this collage style diary, authored by Marcia Williams (and Flossie Albright of course) looks like an actual diary. It's put together and presented in such a way that it could actually be a young girl's diary. I think that aspect alone is going to put it into the hands of a lot of middle grade reader hands, not to mention the content. I can definitely see the appeal to that age group.
My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright: My History of The Second World War, 1939-1945 is "written" by Flossie Albright, a nine year old British girl forced to care for her baby brother and her uncle after her mother passes away and her father goes off to fight in the war is really a very normal young girl, though her life is now infused with the nightmares of the enemy bombing her house, having enough food to get through the day, and losing her dad to the war. All the sad subjects are mixed with pre-teen girl stuff....crushes on boys, cute drawings of her friends, and wildflowers stuck between the pages.
The diary is written in hand script and filled with tons of mementos of Flossie's life and the World War II time period. Letters from Flossie's dad, newspaper clippings, drawings, and photographs surround each diary entry and the reader really gets a glance into the life of an ordinary girl being forced to grow up too quickly, yet still trying to remain somewhat of a child.
All of the writing comes off as really being from inside a nine year old's head. Marcia Williams did an excellent job of channeling her inner child and making this book incredibly believable. Flossie is a stubborn girl with huge spirit, wanting nothing more than for her family to be safe and her father to be home.
Though there are some 3-D aspects to the pages, none are pullouts that would get lost if various patrons were to check this book out. I definitely recommend it for libraries and if you have a daughter or niece around Flossie's age, definitely look for this as a gift.
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