Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
History and Fiction Combine in Blockbuster Novel for Young Teens Along With A Life Lesson in Coping With Mental Health Concerns
A Family's Life on the Virginia Coast During World War 2
Bestselling author L. M. Elliott's Louisa June And The Nazis In The Waves is an extraordinary story combined with history and a fictional family living on the Virginia coast during World War 2. It is not often that a book for young readers that already has 5 Star reviews from major review sources can receive a higher review, but I give this book for young readers ages 10-12 a 10 Star review. Adults will also enjoy this extraordinary story mixed with historical facts about life in the States during World War 2.
Louisa June and her family live on the Virginia coast. Her dad and brothers are fishermen and her dad is a tugboat captain by trade. Their lives changed in an extraordinary way the day after Pearl Harbor and Hitler's declaration of war on the United States. They never expected to have u-boat submarines in their waters that had the potential for attacking American ships.
Hidden Nazi enemies are there in the waters off the Virginia coast and it is important to be on the lookout. Dad needs to make a run with his tugboat and Butler, his son is going with him. Mama and Louisa June will hold down the home fort while they are gone.
Their life changes when the boat is hit by one of the Nazi submarines and Butler loses his life. Dad blames himself and Mama lapses into major depression. Life goes on and the life lesson that family love is all that matters is a lesson well learned. A surprise ending brings Mama back from the depths of depression. Cats also help to overcome her battle with depression.
Elliott writes with depth and understanding of the mental health issue that is part of this family's story. She includes an Author's Note with a wealth of historical facts about the Nazi u-boats that patrolled our coastline. She includes factual story bits of our mariner ships that were hit by the Nazis off the Virginia coast.
She also includes interesting facts about how mental health issues such as anxiety and depression were treated during this period in our history. Louisa June's Mama suffered both anxiety and depression after the loss of her son. There were treatements that were somewhat useless during this time in our history. Elliott includes helpful information for people who are suffering from anxiety and depression in our current society. She provides the hotline numbers for help and the special website for teens who are experiencing anxiety and depression.
Louisa June And The Nazis In The Waves was published by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. It is recommended for ages 9-13, and older teens will also enjoy this novel. Adults would also find this novel to be a definite read. It is not often that a real winner of a novel for this age group comes along. This is a 10 Star extraordinary novel for this age group.
History in Photos From World War 2
Bring Louisa June Into the Classroom for Exciting Learning Activities
L. M. Elliott's Louisa June And The Nazis In the Waves is an exciting fictional novel mixed with the history of World War 2 for ages 9-13. It is often difficult to teach history to this age group of students. Elliott's novel is a great choice to add to your classroom to help with teaching history and reading skills.
* Assign the novel as a group reading experience for the class to read together. It is a chapter book that the students will enjoy reading a chapter or two aloud each day to share with classmates.
*Provide information for the students about the dates for World War 2 in our history. Provide extra material for students to learn about the Nazis and their u-boat submarines.
*Provide a map for students to locate our Virginia coastline.
*An interesting side trip in learning can be fun for teachers who teach English and literature for this age group. Louisa May Alcott's books are mentioned as books that were mentioned as helping to stave off hatred that people were feeling during World War 2. Bring in a copy of Flower Fables and Little Women as mentioned in a conversation between Katie, Louisa June's sister, and her cousin Belle.
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