Reviews for Voices of World War II : Stories from the Front Lines


School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 4-6--These books don't quite live up to their billing as "engaging…first-hand accounts" of individuals directly involved in the conflicts. Dark colors, bold fonts, and battlefield artwork and photography suggest compelling content, but the writing just doesn't deliver. It's surprisingly flat and disengaged, failing to convey wartime emotions, and the profiles of, for example, U.S. Army captain Eddie Rickenbacker and Russian peasant Maria Botchkareva in World War I, are superficial and abbreviated. These books might serve some low-level readers just coming to the subject matter, but they, too, will likely feel frustrated at the lack of in-depth, interesting information on these people who deserve better copy than they get here.

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