“Bertie’s War” is a sort of coming of age story – both for Roberta and the Cold War era U.S. in which she lives. The book, by Total Language Plus author Barbara Tifft Blakely, has a Christian theme woven throughout as Bertie struggles to understand and overcome her fear of, well, everything. While some of the story’s characters come across as one dimensional, this book could certainly be included as a light fiction supplement to a Cold War history study. (We use a lot of historical fiction around here.) Girls, especially, should enjoy Bertie’s tale. The story’s overarching theme also provides an opportunity for discussion about fear – as well as why parents sometimes have to be a parent instead of a friend. This is a quick read and though it may not grab students early on, encourage them to hang in there for the resolution. They will find that Bertie’s real war isn’t what they expected.
(We received a review copy of “Bertie’s War” as a part of the TOS Crew.)
We received a free book for review. I was not compensated. My opinions are my own.