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Format: Hardcover
Age Range: 8–10
Book Size: 9” x 11”
ISBN: 9781684493128
Pages: 160
Publication Date: October 3, 2023
Price: US $21.99 / CAN $28.99

Tales of World War II

Amazing True Stories from the War that Shook the World

It’s the Second World War as you’ve never seen it beforediscover the hidden stories of incredible human spirit during the world’s darkest hour.

Everyone knows what Adolf Hitler, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill were doing during World War II, but what about ordinary people? In this beautifully illustrated book, war historian Hattie Hearn reveals some of the most incredible true tales from the war, including:

•  The Canadian cabin boy who avoided German U-boats crossing the Atlantic
•  The Navajo soldiers who developed a secret code to outfox their enemies
•  The African-American jazz singer who worked as a spy for the French Resistance

Beautifully illustrated by Margarida Esteves and featuring stories from all over the world, it also contains jaw-dropping tales including the dog used to find survivors in the London Blitz, the champion cyclist who carried secret messages to help Jews escape the Nazis, and the bear who was recruited by the Polish army!

Interspersed throughout the stories are pages explaining the key events of the war—from Pearl Harbor and Dunkirk to D-Day and the Holocaust.

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Author & Illustrator

Dr. Hattie Hearn has a passion for World War II that was ignited by a childhood spent exploring the forgotten wartime airfields of her native East Anglia. Since those early years, she’s made a career out of researching and preserving the hidden histories of the world around her, from old country houses to long lost ancestors. She works as the curator of the RAF Radar Museum in Norfolk, UK. When she’s not exploring dusty archives, she’s spending time with her husband, rescue dog, and two naughty guinea pigs.

Margarida Esteves is an illustrator based in South London. She works digitally and uses bold and bright colors, lots of details, and rich textures in her illustrations. Maps, landscapes and ballet dancers are some of her favorite things to draw. People, films and vintage illustration inspire her – with history holding a special place in her heart!

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