The World War II diary of Madeline Beck is a powerful memoir about rationing, carpooling, recycling, and spies. In the book, Madeline meets her German-Jewish neighbors and becomes close to them. She even forms a scrap metal and stocking club with her friends. Together, they collect items for the war effort. Each chapter of the diary shows a different aspect of this period in American history.
A young woman fleeing the air raids in Liverpool, England, becomes a diarist. As war rages in Europe, she writes of the experiences she has in hiding. She eventually lands in Canada, and her diarist, Madeline Beck, is able to share her stories and experiences. She is not alone in her experience; her mother is also in hiding.
Lucie Blaise is a sixteen-year-old recruit for the secret espionage and sabotage organization, Covert Ops. Her mission is to gather information about a weapon that could wipe out much of Western Europe. Lucie must then find a way to destroy the weapon before it can be used. While her mission is arduous, the world is in danger. Refugees are escaping the last dangers and end up on a ship with a target on its hull.
During the Second World War, America’s citizens were asked to do without many of the things they took for granted. Many items, such as fuel oil, butter, and chewing gum, were scarce or unavailable. Rationing and carpooling became widespread, and people joined together to help each other. In addition, the government promoted a variety of causes, such as charity and sports, to help the war effort.
By the end of the war, nearly half of all cars in the U.S. were issued an ‘A’ sticker. These cars could only use four gallons of fuel per week and the owners had to pay with Mileage Ration Book coupons or cash. Female service station attendants sold three or four gallons of gas per week. During the war, gasoline rationing started, and bicycle purchases were prohibited for almost a year.
The war also put an extreme strain on the nation’s supplies. Food, fuel oil, and rubber were all scarce. Many other basic items, such as butter, canned goods, and shoes, were also scarce during this time. To conserve supplies, the federal government required citizens to conserve these items. The rationing system impacted nearly every family in the country.
Rationing, carpooling, and recycling were a few of the ways in which American citizens felt more united with their fellow Americans during the war. They also made people more aware of their responsibilities as citizens of the country. These actions united people and made them more united with each other than ever. These actions were necessary to save lives, and a sense of community came from the effort.
While rationing and carpooling are now obsolete, they made people feel more connected with their fellow Americans during World War II. The war’s enduring effects, such as the scarcity of basic foods, are still felt by many people today. The rationing, recycling, and carpooling campaigns made people feel more united with their fellow Americans than ever before.
In the first pages of the book, a man in a helmet wears a cap with the words, “Fight Against Loose Talk, Spies and Nazi sympathisers might be here.” The text inside says, “Shhhh.” What does this mean? Is there a way to protect ourselves from these people? No, but I’m prepared to go through whatever it takes.