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My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York, 1941
Dear America Series Book #20 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Book Info

Published on January 1, 2000
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.5 (4.0 Points, Quiz #44821)
GLE: 5.3
DRA: 40
Lexile® measure: 740L

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.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
Dear Diary, A cold rain is falling.

Back Cover:
June 12, 1942
Tonight I got caught. I'm still shaking. I don't understand what happened, really. I was walking on the foggy beach...I heard voices and saw the shapes of two men near the dunes. I turned back to go home, but one of the men called out and shined a flashlight on me, and I froze like a rabbit.

The man angrily told me to halt and he asked who I was and where I lived. I told him my name was Madeline Beck and gave him my address. He ordered me to turn around. I did, and he walked up to me in the dark and shined the flashlight right in my eyes. When I started to turn away, he said, "Look straight into this light, Madeline Beck." And I looked into the light, and I was blinded, and he said, "We're the Coast Guard. You did not see us here. You saw nothing."

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ISBN-10: 0439445744
ISBN-13: 9780439445740
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