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Author Event: Jane Healey “The Beantown Girls”

Author Event: Jane Healey

Thursday March 28th, 2019 7pm-8pm

Please welcome author Jane Healey to the Nevins Library!  She will be discussing her newest book THE BEANTOWN GIRLS!

A bit about the book:

A novel of love, courage, and danger unfolds as World War II’s brightest heroines—the best of friends—take on the front lines.

1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are shattered.

Determined to learn her fiancé’s fate, Fiona leaves Boston to volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, recruiting her two best friends to come along. There’s the outspoken Viviana, who is more than happy to quit her secretarial job for a taste of adventure. Then there’s Dottie, a shy music teacher whose melodious talents are sure to bring heart and hope to the boys on the front lines.

Chosen for their inner strength and outer charm, the trio isn’t prepared for the daunting challenges of war. But through it all come new friendships and romances, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected dreams. As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and camaraderie will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be served.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Sarah or Fran at 978-686-4080 x16 or ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org

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One Minute Book Review: The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb

Cover image for The winter fortress : the epic mission to sabotage Hitler's atomic bombThe Winter Fortress:  the epic mission to sabotage Hitler’s atomic bomb

by Neal Bascomb   c. 2016  Non-Fiction

At the outbreak of World War II, both the Allies and Axis powers were involved in building an atomic weapon.  Bascomb, a WWII historian and former journalist, thrillingly recounts the commando effort to destroy the Norwegian Vemork hydroelectric plant that was the source of heavy water, a necessary requirement for the Nazi Germany’s atomic bomb program.

Bascomb focuses on the efforts of the Norwegian commandos and resistance fighters, who braved the threat of Gestapo torture and execution while showcasing the skiing and wilderness skills that helped them survive and operate in the arctic conditions of Norwegian winter.

This is a really well-told, suspenseful account of an aspect of WWII that is not commonly known.  I would thoroughly recommend this book to those interested in history, (WWII in particular), adventure/survival accounts, and to new non-fiction readers (like myself!).


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Review: Hidden

Hidden by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, Greg Salsedo

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Dounia’s granddaughter awakens one night to find her in the sorrow of memories. Elsa wants to make her grandmother feel better by talking about the “nightmare,” but the nightmare is 1942 Paris. Dounia decides to talk about her experience as a girl for the first time. She tells her granddaughter about being Jewish in a French school during Nazi occupation, her parents being taken from her, and being taken in by the neighbors and forced into hiding. Beautifully worded and illustrated, Dauvillier’s Hidden is poignant and subtle.

This story open up many avenues for the child reader to question and learn about what happened during the Holocaust without being graphic. The time period is difficult to portray for children’s authors and illustrators because of how terrible the atrocities were. The fact that Dauvillier managed to show just how dire Dounia’s situation was without violence is impressive. It ends on a happy note, with family connecting further through the pain of the story which needed to be told.

Age Range: 6-10 years