The White Mouse - The Story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe
Published by Scholastic Australia
It would be a rare story indeed that could surpass this one as more heroic and inspiring. This wonderfully illustrated thought provoking true story, outlines the life of Australia's own Nancy Wake. Nancy was born in Australia but left for Paris at 20 years of age and became a reporter. From Paris, she is soon sent to report on events occurring in Berlin before the war begins, and as war breaks out she pitches in and lends a hand by driving an ambulance to ferry wounded soldiers. Her true strength though is revealed when she begins to assist the French Resistance with the code name White Mouse.
This story follows her journey from Paris to London, her training as part of the Special Operations Executive, and details the brave men that fought with her along the way. Her personal endurance and courage made her the most decorated woman of World War 2. This book contains complex issues, including death, torture, and starvation. It is however packaged in matter of fact easy to read text, that lets the difficult topics become accessible for younger audiences.
A very good addition to an upper primary history unit as well as interested 8-10 year old readers. A key accompaniment to a family visit to the war memorial.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Petter Gouldthorpe
Title: The White Mouse - The Story of Nancy Wake
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: August 2015