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Praise for "Pure Grit"
"Details of many nurses individual trials combine to form a memorable portrayal of their shared experience, one which will emotionally impact readers."
--"Booklist," starred review
"Primary source materials, especially the movingly matter-of-fact recollections of several of the nurses and personal snapshots, bring the story to life."
"Farrell doesn t spare her young readers any grim details . . . She includes the challenges these women faced and the joy they felt on returning home. As awful as history can be, now might be the right time to introduce the next generation to this important period."
--"The Washington Post
""In addition to photographs and helpful maps, the page layouts include facsimiles of the nurses letters and diaries. Young readers who enjoyed Tanya Lee Stone s "Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream" will also appreciate this story of courageous women whose story was nearly forgotten."
--"School Library Journal"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-01-27
- Reviewer: Staff
"Grit" scarcely describes what the heroines of this stark chronicle of wartime military service demonstrated. Farrell (Fire in the Hole!) lays bare the experiences of Army and Navy nurses who enlisted for peacetime duty in the Philippines, caring for military families at base hospitals. Their jobs and lives drastically changed when the Japanese invaded the country after attacking Pearl Harbor, thrusting the nurses into combat duty as bombs "dropped in droves" around them. When wards overflowed with wounded soldiers, the Army constructed makeshift hospitals in jungles, which further eroded many nurses' living and working conditions. As internees in POW camps after the Americans surrendered to the Japanese, the women endured deplorable housing facilities, disease, and malnutrition as they continued to care for patients. Farrell's immersing account draws on her interviews with the last surviving nurse (who has since died) and the children of other nurses, as well as transcripts of other interviews. She brings her subjects' personalities and harrowing ordeal into clear focus and sheds deserved light on this chapter of WWII history. Ages 10–16. Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. (Feb.)