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Obras de Paul Dowswell

True Survival Stories (1970) 511 cópias
The World Wars (2007) 460 cópias
Heroes (2001) 293 cópias
Auslander (2009) 236 cópias
The Ultimate Book of Dinosaurs (2000) 218 cópias
Medieval Messenger (1996) 202 cópias
The Roman Record (1997) 171 cópias
Tales of Real Escape (1871) 160 cópias
Egyptian Echo (1997) 133 cópias
Greek Gazette (1995) — Editor — 101 cópias
Tales of Real Survival (1995) 91 cópias
The Viking Invader (1997) 78 cópias
Eleven Eleven (2012) 44 cópias
Sektion 20 (2011) 40 cópias
Tales of Real Heroism (1996) 36 cópias
The Cabinet of Curiosities (2010) 32 cópias
The Royal Boil (Phonics) (2000) 30 cópias
True Stories of Survival (1975) 27 cópias
Wolf Children (2017) 17 cópias
The Red Shadow (2014) 16 cópias
Wild Weather 15 cópias
True adventure stories (2003) 15 cópias
Hair Decoration (Body Art) (2004) 13 cópias
Medicine (Great Inventions) (2001) 12 cópias
The Vietnam War (Cold War) (2001) 11 cópias
Bomber (2015) 10 cópias
Space (Great Inventions) (2001) 10 cópias
Pirate Attack (2011) 10 cópias
Wave (2016) 6 cópias
True Stories Ghosts (2019) 3 cópias
The Mud Pack (2002) 2 cópias
The Great Revolt (2020) 2 cópias
Slavné útěky z vězení (1995) 1 exemplar(es)
The auslnder 1 exemplar(es)
O ÓRFÃO de HITLER 1 exemplar(es)
Tositarinoita paoista (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
War Stories 1 exemplar(es)
Secret Agent Spy Kit (Kid Kits) (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Die große Welt der Tiere (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
PAUL DOWSWELL, I FIGLI DEL LUP (2018) 1 exemplar(es)
Les animaux (1998) 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



EducatingParents.org rating: Approved
Historical short stories about WWII. Time frame of stories contained: 1939-1961

Rachael Brown review on Goodreads.com -
This book is a collection of stories from world war two. There are stories about Ships, combat, Spy's and machinery that was used during world war two. One of stories is about about a woman named Violetta who was a spy. It tells you about her life and all the things that she accomplished during the world war. There are many other accomplishments.

I really loved this book. I was able to sympathies with the characters and their stories. There were even moments that make you want to cry. It is a very factual book with lots of information. It really appeals to to young adult that are 12 and up. It is a great book to find neat stories about people who have contributed during world war two.
Rate; 12 and up
Content; violence but not the main focus in most stories
… (mais)
MamaBearLendingDen | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 1, 2024 |
6/10, it was ok.
Law_Books600 | outras 2 resenhas | Nov 3, 2023 |
I’m a sucker for historical fiction of any kind, but I especially love the stuff concerning the 20th century.

I bought this book eons ago, in my first year of Sixth Form, and have only just now read it. I remember a classmate had bought the same one and seemed to be enjoying it, so I had decided to do the same.

Dowswell’s novel, aimed at young adults, is about a young boy named Piotr (Peter later) whose family is killed during the occupation of Warsaw in World War Two. Left alone, he is sent to an orphange, and eventually chosen to be adopted by a good German family, Nazi sympathizers who look at him and think he is the poster boy for the Hitler Youth. Peter looks exactly like the boy on the poster, in fact – he has incredibly Nordic features, with blonde hair, strong jaw, and toned build. For all intents and purposes, he should be the perfect fit for a Hitler Youth. His new family actually enroll him in one of the Hitler Youth groups, as they do to all their other children, and at first he’s excited. His lifelong dream has been to become a Luftwaffe pilot, and this could very well be his ticket into all this. His adopted father is a professor at a university in Germany, studying genetics – more specifically, he’s studying ways in which genetics can tell apart Jews from non-Jews. And Peter, in the beginning, is 100% OK with this.

But Peter, thank God, suddenly realizes that maybe all this isn’t too good an idea.

You see, Peter isn’t German. He may look German (or like the Aryan ideal that Germany loved to talk about back then), but everybody knows that he isn’t. He’s an outsider in the new community, no matter how hard he tries to fit in. And he develops strong friendships with young teenagers who aren’t exactly sympathizers with the Nazi ideal. He listens to swing music and BBC radio, broadcast from England. He feels sorry for the Jews being forced to do manual labour around the city, and tries to help them. He fights back with his thoughts when people talk about how great Hitler is. He isn’t convinced. And that is important enough to save him from Germany in the end.

Peter’s story feels like it could be real – the story of a boy who wants to leave a country that he realizes is not as great as it seems. He becomes part of an underground network – a very illegal one – that helps Jews, and he eventually tries to skip town. The whole thing is a very real and very raw telling of what could possibly have happened during World War Two. If you think about it, really, it can’t have been that all Germans were as ecstatic about Hitler rising to power as we think they were. While there were fanatics, it can’t have been the same for everyone. And this novel’s last section – its Act Four, if you will – brings it all to a head when a family and Peter try to run away from the hellhole they’ve been living in to a safer place, a neutral place.

(Switzerland, d’uh.)

This book is well researched (and even credited!), and Dowswell put a lot of thought into the writing of it. While it is written for children, it’s incredibly good as a light summer read, and puts World War Two into a different perspective. For a long time, we’ve heard stories about what it was like to be on the Allies’s side, or the Jews’ side. But sometimes we never stop to think what it could have been like for the people living in Germany who just didn’t want it to happen in the first place.

(Please don’t take this as me invalidating the experience of the actual victims of World War Two. It’s just a nice change of pace to have a different perspective to the whole thing, is all.)

Overall, my final rating is a 4/5. Props, Dowswell!
… (mais)
viiemzee | outras 10 resenhas | Feb 20, 2023 |



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