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Women Heroes of World War I
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Women Heroes of World War I
16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics
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A commemoration of brave yet largely forgotten women who served in the First World War

In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this book brings to life the brave and often surprising exploits of 16 fascinating women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn't even have the right to vote. Readers meet 17-year-old Frenchwoman Emilienne Moreau, who assisted the Allies as a guide and set up a first-aid post in her home to attend to the wounded; Russian peasant Maria Bochkareva, who joined the Imperial Russian Army by securing the personal permission of Tsar Nicholas II, was twice wounded in battle and decorated for bravery, and created and led the all-women combat unit the "Women's Battalion of Death" on the eastern front; and American journalist Madeleine Zabriskie Doty, who risked her life to travel twice to Germany during the war in order to report back the truth, whatever the cost. These and other suspense-filled stories of brave girls and women are told through the use of engaging narrative, dialogue, direct quotes, and document and diary excerpts to lend authenticity and immediacy. Introductory material opens each section to provide solid historical context, and each profile includes informative sidebars and "Learn More" lists of relevant books and websites, making this a fabulous resource for students, teachers, parents, libraries, and homeschoolers.

A commemoration of brave yet largely forgotten women who served in the First World War

In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this book brings to life the brave and often surprising exploits of 16 fascinating women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn't even have the right to vote. Readers meet 17-year-old Frenchwoman Emilienne Moreau, who assisted the Allies as a guide and set up a first-aid post in her home to attend to the wounded; Russian peasant Maria Bochkareva, who joined the Imperial Russian Army by securing the personal permission of Tsar Nicholas II, was twice wounded in battle and decorated for bravery, and created and led the all-women combat unit the "Women's Battalion of Death" on the eastern front; and American journalist Madeleine Zabriskie Doty, who risked her life to travel twice to Germany during the war in order to report back the truth, whatever the cost. These and other suspense-filled stories of brave girls and women are told through the use of engaging narrative, dialogue, direct quotes, and document and diary excerpts to lend authenticity and immediacy. Introductory material opens each section to provide solid historical context, and each profile includes informative sidebars and "Learn More" lists of relevant books and websites, making this a fabulous resource for students, teachers, parents, libraries, and homeschoolers.

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About the Author-
  • Kathryn J. Atwood is the author of Women Heroes of World War II and the editor of Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent. She has contributed to War, Literature, and the Arts; PopMatters.com; and Women's Independent Press. She lives near Chicago.

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2014

    Gr 6 Up-In this collective biography, Atwood chronicles the wartime exploits of 16 distinctive women from the United States, Europe, and Australia. The book is well balanced, covering women from the Central and Allied powers. Content is organized by the type of job the women performed-and there were many: resisters and spies, medical personnel, soldiers, and journalists. Their great contributions are made more vivid with Atwood's engaging narrative. Shepoints out that while there were ideological, social, and economic differences among the women, there was also a commonality uniting them: patriotism. Readers get an idea of the intensity of these women's fervors through the quotes from diaries, letters, and interviews. Gabrielle Petit, a young woman who worked as a spy for Belgium, wrote in a letter, "My country! I did not think enough of it! I almost ignored it. I did not see that I loved her. But since [the enemies] torment her, the monsters, I see her everywhere. I breathe her in the streets of the city, in the shadow of our palace...she lives in me, I live in her. I will die for her singing." Woven throughout the stories is the larger history of the war itself-the causes, battles won and lost, and outcomes. Occasional black-and-white archival photographs, especially those depicting the women, add interest and immediacy.-Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    June 1, 2014
    Grades 7-10 With the centennial of the start of the Great War upon us, Atwood commemorates 16 brave women who served in a variety of locations and capacities. An introduction provides a unifying theme, expounding upon many people's intense sense of nationalismand misplaced excitementat the outset of the war. The bios are organized into four themes: spies and resisters, medical personnel, journalists, and soldiers. Most fascinating are the stories of Belgian Gabrielle Petit, who fed information to British informants and was executed after refusing to apply for clemency before the Kaiser; Elsie Inglis, a Scottish surgeon who founded a mobile medical unit that would not leave behind wounded soldiers, even when ordered to retreat; and Maria Bochkareva, a founding member of the fierce Russian fighting force known as the Women's Battalion of Death. A fine survey of major events in WWI and a case study in the types of social changes that often occur because of war, this book is an ideal candidate for both research and recreational reading.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

  • letting their lessons in courage live on a century later. She also has done her reader a great service—reminding them that nothing, and particularly not gender, need stand in the way of courage." —Chicago Review of Books "In sharing these stories, Atwood has done the women featured a great service
  • Duncan Barrett, bestselling author of The Sugar Girls "Moving, surprising, and highly readable, these portraits shine a light on 16 brave and determined women whose contributions to the First World War deserve to be celebrated."
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