World War II: History’s Deadliest Conflict series / by Natalie Hyde and Kelly Cochrane. 3.15.2017

Significant People of World War II / by Natalie Hyde. (World War II: History’s Deadliest Conflict)
Crabtree Publishing ISBN 9780778721154

Significant Battles of World War II / by Kelly Cochrane. (World War II: History’s Deadliest Conflict)

Crabtree Publishing ISBN 9780778721147

MS Grades 5-8 Rating: 5

For grades 5 to 8, the series World War II: History’s Deadliest Conflict looks at this worldwide conflict involving alliances between political leaders and military forces from many different countries. Each title, written at guided reading level U, offers a section with Further Reading and Websites, Glossary, and Index. Photographs accompany the text, and timelines and maps make it easier to follow the narrative.

Natalie Hyde’s Significant People of World War II looks at key figures involved during this war. Brief biographies give details of the lives and actions of political leaders Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin, Hirohito and Tojo; military leaders Rommel, Goring, Conitz, Dowding, Pound, MacArthur, and Patton; as well as flying aces, code breakers, and activists.

Kelly Cochrane’s Significant Battles of World War II follows the significant battles over the course of the war. European countries, their colonies and allies, such as the United States and Canada, supplied forces for battles. The focus continues on the five parts of the world where the fighting took place: western and eastern Europe, North Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Asia. With advances in technology since WWI, more destructive fighting occurred on land and on sea. The compelling book explores how victory was won or lost in famous conflicts such as the Battle of the Atlantic, Germany’s Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, Dieppe, Paris, Stalingrad, Berlin, Midway, Pearl Harbor, and the dropping of the atomic bombs.

Leroy Hommerding, CLJ