By Mary Pope Osborne
Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 show her studies residing on new york in the course of international battle II whereas her father is away within the military.
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I’m pondering this would really be a task we will provide Maxine. She enjoys considering her appears rather a lot. in actual fact, the opposite day she requested if she may well layout a uniform for participants of K3F. definitely now not, I advised her, this membership isn't approximately outfits and footwear and appears! It’s approximately supporting win the battle! She simply shrugged and accredited it. It will pay to be the commanding ofﬁcer occasionally. APRIL 2, 1942 pricey Diary, Maxine’s desirous about prime the ladies in leaping jacks and sit-ups prior to college. Bert will lead the men. Maxine hinted those jobs warranted promotions for her and Bert. “Jeepers, now not so fast,” stated Johnny. “Let’s see the way you do ﬁrst. ” eighty five 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 S 22 R 23 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page 86 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R Theo acknowledged the Civil military is making plans a blackout try out for April 23. that suggests we’ll need to end up all our lighting fixtures at evening to guard the transport lanes close to the big apple beach from enemy submarines. it sounds as if while the lighting are on, the Germans can spot our ships at a distance of as much as forty-ﬁve miles from shore. Johnny instructed me in recent years he’s extra extra jap ﬂags to his global map: Papua and New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Burma, and all of Borneo. the largest ﬁght now's over the Philippines. APRIL four, 1942 pricey Diary, We haven’t heard from Dad shortly. yet then I haven’t written him shortly, both. i must buckle down and provides him a document on all our membership actions. Gee, i'm wondering the place he's. mother doesn’t like even to invest. She says the fewer we all know, the higher we’ll sleep. so long as we don’t get a telegram, we don’t need to fear, she says. by no means has something appeared so terrible and wretched 86 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page 87 as getting a telegram. If I ever see a telegram boy at our door, I’m afraid I’ll begin screaming and not cease. APRIL 6, 1942 expensive Diary, final evening Theo informed me the Civil military will be having a tradition drill at the seashore this present day. So Johnny and that i snuck down there to monitor. We concealed in the back of a dune and, within the chilly, grey climate, we observed a bunch of fellows creeping around the sand, pretending to be invaders from an enemy submarine. abruptly one other crew dressed as armed police seemed at the seashore and opened ﬁre with clean bullets. It used to be so frightening, i must confess i really began to shake. what sort of colonel am I? I worry I’m an entire impostor. APRIL eleven, 1942 expensive Diary, anything very romantic occurred this present day. It occurred after Johnny and that i had our assembly with 87 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 S 22 R 23 RRD_001-181_r5kp. qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM web page 88 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S 23 R the chairman of the county struggle board. We’d long gone to his residence to debate alternative ways youngsters might help with the scrap force. The chairman acknowledged turbines are hungry for iron and metal scraps to make ships, tanks, and planes. they wish extra copper, brass, and different metals.