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When Christmas Comes Again : the World War I Diary of Simone Spencer
by Beth Seidel Levine
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I don't feel like this was the best book in the series, but overall it was interesting and kept my attention enough that I wanted to keep reading. I don't know a lot about WWI and I certainly didn't know about Hello Girls, so it was fun to learn about them and what Simone went through. And the Spanish Influenza was touched on! over all, 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good book. And my last in the Dear America series to read :(. ( )
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Seventeen-year-old Simone Spencer finds her life as a member of New York City society in 1917 empty, especially with the United States entering World War I and her older brother enlisting in the army. Simone is searching for meaning in her life, something she can do to contribute to the war effort -- and she thinks she has found it when she learns of a need for French-speaking American women to work as switchboard operators on the front. Simone travels to France, but is little prepared for the devastation of war. She forms close friendships and even falls in love with a young soldier. But on the front every new day is unpredictable, and Simone wonders if she and those she cares about will make it out of the war intact. I highly recommend this new Dear America books to fans of the series. I'd been hoping the series would put out a book about World War I, and I'm glad they finally have.
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Dear America (WWI: New York City to the Western Front, 1917)
Dear America Collections (Dear America: WWI Era, 1917)
Teenage Simone's diaries for 1917 and 1918 reveal her experiences as a carefree member of New York society, then as a "Hello girl," a volunteer switchboard operator for the Army Signal Corps in France.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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