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Name:  Kathryn J. Atwood  

Pen Name: N/A

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Atwood lives in Forest Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kathryn J. Atwood, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of three young adult collective biographies of women and war as well as the editor of ''Code Name Pauline, the memoirs of WWII SOE agent Pearl Witherington''. She has contributed to ''The Historian''; ''War, Literature, and the Arts''; and the collections ''Des Plaines River Anthology'' and ''Holocaust Heroines: Fierce Females''.


Women Heroes of World War II

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Women heroes of World War I :
ISBN: 9781613735954. OCLC Number: 863596695

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A commemoration of brave yet largely forgotten women who served in World War I.

Women heroes of World War II :
ISBN: 1613745230. OCLC Number: 617445780

Chicago Review Press,. .

These twenty-six suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, Great Britain, the United States, and more, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls' refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

Women heroes of World War II :
ISBN: 161373168X. OCLC Number: 936433166

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Glamorous American singer Claire Phillips opened a nightclub in Manila, using the earnings to secretly feed starving American POWs. She also began working as a spy, chatting up Japanese military men and passing their secrets along to local guerrilla resistance fighters. Australian Army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel, stationed in Singapore, then shipwrecked in the Dutch East Indies, became the sole survivor of a horrible massacre by Japanese soldiers. She hid for day, tending to a seriously wounded British soldier while wounded herself. Humanitarian Elizabeth Choy lived the rest of her life hating war, though not her tormentors, after enduring six months of starvation and torture by the Japanese military police. In these pages, readers will meet these and other courageous women and girls who risked their lives through their involvement in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Fifteen suspense-filled stories unfold across China, Japan, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines, providing an inspiring reminder of womens' and girls' refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history. These women - whose stories span 1932 to 1945, the last year of the war - served in dangerous roles as spies, medics, journalists, resisters, and saboteurs. Seven of them were captured and imprisoned by the Japanese, enduring brutal conditions. Author Kathryn J. Atwood provides appropriate context and framework for teens 14 and up to grapple with these harsh realities of war. Discussion questions and a guide for further study assist readers and educators in learning about this important and often neglected period of history. -- from dust jacket.