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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wanted me to stay home from school today. I’ll probably stay home again tomorrow, but I’m not loafing around. Today, when I had the strength, I worked on a design for a club uniform. I know I told Maxine “positively not,” but I’m rethinking my position. Maybe it’s not such a bad idea. What about just a simple white blouse or shirt and blue skirt or blue trousers? Any kid could come up with that, couldn’t they? An armband would look really keen with that outfit. Maybe the Star Points could embroider

that I’ve ever been to one before). But Johnny wouldn’t take no for an answer. He said 115 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 116 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 we could go together on the train and I should just tell my mom we’d be home before dark. The way he said “home before dark” suddenly made me feel like a little kid and made me miss my dad so terribly that I snapped, “No,” again

could give her a breakdown. JUNE 23, 1942 Dear Diary, I can’t believe what I’m about to write. But this is what we discovered today, exactly what we discovered. (First, if anything happens to me — Mom, I love you so much, and Dad, I love you so much. And Clara, and everybody in this house — I love you all. Thank you for acting like my family. Oh, and I love the Roosevelts and our country so much, too.) Okay, here’s what happened: Johnny came over after lunch, and we headed back to the scene of

so young and enthusiastic, a lot of townspeople gave him a helping hand.) 150 RRD_001-181_r5kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM Page 151 It’s no surprise what he said when they gave him his little trophy: “Holy smokes!” During the hunt, fifteen servicemen were brought to the USO Hall because the list called for “a man in uniform.” They were all great sports. At the end of the day, the women’s auxiliary sponsored a little party with a band and punch and cookies. Theo, Clara, and Miss Burke came by. When the

1941 Dear Diary, Today I learned that life is definitely not fair. It was our last day of school before the holidays. On our way out of the building, Maxine called to Johnny, “Hey, silly! You didn’t tell me what time your dad is picking me up!” I froze, wondering what she meant. I pretended to 39 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 40 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 fiddle with the belt on my

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