AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter

DEAR AMERICA: MY SECRET WAR The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck

by | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Claire Slemmer

Children Ages 8+ • 3 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2000

It’s 1941, and Maddie Beck and her mother live on Long Island while her father, a Navy fighter pilot, is stationed in the Pacific. After Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Maddie's journal entries reveal her emotional growth. She organizes a club to support the war, and her male best friend slowly, gently turns into a boyfriend. Claire Slemmer has a childlike voice that perfectly suits Maddie. Sounding hopeful and passionate as she utters exclamations like "Jeepers!"—she fully embodies a 13-year-old of the 1940s. The epilogue is read by Barbara Rosenblat, and her more mature tones are just right for these contextual notes. The story is engaging and emotional, with a happy ending that doesn't feel forced. Listeners will get a history lesson without even noticing. G.A.D. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2009]

Library Ed. • Live Oak Media • 2008

CD ISBN 978-143-010-3578 $28.95 • Three CDs

Advertisement Advertisement


Library Ed. • Live Oak Media • 2008

CD ISBN 978-143-010-3578 $28.95 • Three CDs

The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.


AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.


Thank you for signing up.



Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×