Alice at the Home Front

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iUniverse, Dec 22, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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In Providence, Rhode Island, at the height of World War II , feisty and intrepid eleven-year-old Alicewhose father and uncle are fighting in the waris determined to make her own contribution to the war effort. Despite her mothers disapproval, Alice dreams of gaining recognition as an airplane spotter. She works hard at learning to recognize US and enemy planes, hoping someday to earn a medal for sighting a German Messerschmitt.

When she is not spotting planes, folding bandages at the Red Cross, or preparing the house for air raids, Alice daydreams she is a heroine, sitting in a cockpit patrolling the shores and reporting enemy subs with Jimmy, her former playmate, who has joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Sometimes she trails potential spies through the city of Providence.

One day, her fantasy world crumbles when she learns that Jimmys plane has disappeared in bad weather. As the days go by without news, Alice is devastated and angry at the CAP when they put off the search. Will they find Jimmys plane, and, if they do, will he still be alive?

 

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Contents

One Alices Complaint
1
Two Bandages
10
Three Sandbags
21
Four Silk Stockings
34
Five Dancing School
40
Six Jimmy Brownell
46
Seven A Pinpoint of Light
58
Eight A Taste of Fear
65
Ten At the Drugstore
81
Eleven When the Noreaster Blows
89
Twelve The Black Raincoat
96
Thirteen Icy Waters
103
Fourteen Spar Island
111
Fifteen Victory Gardens
129
Sixteen Summer Song
143
Back Cover
152

Nine The Bracelet
70

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Mardiyah Aldrich Tarantino earned her master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. Her essays, stories, and poems have been published in newspapers, reviews, and anthologies. Mardiyah currently lives in Cathedral City, California, where she is a member of the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild and the National League of American Pen Women. This is her third book.

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