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Silent in an Evil Time
The Brave War of Edith Cavell
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Dutiful nurse, hospital matron, courageous resistance fighter, Edith Cavell was all of these. A British citizen, the forty-eight-year-old Cavell was matron of an institute for nurses in the suburbs of...
Dutiful nurse, hospital matron, courageous resistance fighter, Edith Cavell was all of these. A British citizen, the forty-eight-year-old Cavell was matron of an institute for nurses in the suburbs of...
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  • Dutiful nurse, hospital matron, courageous resistance fighter, Edith Cavell was all of these. A British citizen, the forty-eight-year-old Cavell was matron of an institute for nurses in the suburbs of Brussels at the outbreak of World War I. Dedicated to the methods of Florence Nightingale, her intelligence and ferocious sense of duty had transformed the institute into a leading training center.

    When the Germans captured Belgium in the fall of 1914, an organization was formed to assist British and French soldiers trapped behind German lines. Edith was asked to help and she didn’t hesitate. From that moment forward, Edith sheltered escaping soldiers in her hospital, using trickery to keep the suspicious Germans from discovering them. She helped arrange a secret route to neutral Holland and back to England at great personal risk, enabling soldiers of all ranks to slip through German lines. Using the institute as part of an elaborate Allied escape route, Edith Cavell was...

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  • Jack Batten is a well-known author, journalist, reviewer, and radio personality. He has written over thirty books on subjects that include biography, crime fiction, law and court cases, and sports. Jack Batten’s first career was as a lawyer. After four years, he turned to writing. He has been a staff writer at Maclean’s Magazine and the Star Weekly. Batten has written for many magazines, including Chatelaine, Rolling Stone, and Toronto Life. He has written radio plays for the CBC and a jazz column for The Globe and Mail. Nowadays, Jack Batten writes books and reviews crime novels for The Sunday Star. The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone is Jack’s most recent book, for which he was nominated for the Norma Fleck Award for nonfiction, the biggest prize in Canadian Children’s literature.

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2007
    Gr 7 Up-This exceptional biography reads like an adventure novel. Born in 1865, in Swardeston, England, Cavell worked as a governess before she decided to become a nurse. After her training, she accepted an offer from a Belgian surgeon to start a nursing-training clinic in Brussels in order to raise the standard of care there. When World War I broke out, the city was occupied by the Germans, but Cavell sheltered numerous British and French soldiers in the clinic. When the Germans discovered her activities, they put her on trial and executed her. The woman's life is laid out logically and succinctly in this revealing work. The author does not glorify her; he shows her as a real person and not just as a mythologized heroine. The historical facts are well explained and Cavell is placed clearly in context. Her legacy is portrayed objectively and her impact is well documented. The few black-and-white photographs, while informative, are very dark and contribute to an overall gray and lackluster book design. This is the only flaw in an otherwise fine effort."Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles"

    Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    November 1, 2007
    This large-format paperback tells the story of Edith Cavell, who began training as a nurse in London in 1895 and worked at various hospitals in England before setting up a clinic in Brussels in 1907. After the outbreak of World War I, while Belgium was under German occupation, Cavell worked with the resistance, hiding Allied soldiers and helping them escape. Her execution by firing squad caused a groundswell of anti-German sentiment in Great Britain, Commonwealth nations, and the United States. Batten finds a good balance between telling Cavells story in an involving way and filling in general background information that readers may not know, such as the dynamics in early twentieth-century Europe that led to World War I or the changes in English nursing brought about by Florence Nightingale. Black-and-white photos, including modern pictures of sites and old photos of Cavell and her world, illustrate the text. A selected bibliography of sources is appended.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2007, American Library Association.)

  • Norma Fleck Jury "... Fast-paced, deeply researched and fresh ... vividly readable ... brilliantly done!"

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