My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright

by Marcia Williams

Reading Age: 7+

Interest level: 8+

My History of the Second World War 1939-1945

by Marcia Williams

Following Archie's War, which recorded in diary form the First World War home-front experience of a ten year old, Williams now turns to Archie's daughter, Flossie Albright.


She presents a vivid, private view into the life of a motherless girl between nine and fifteen years old, with a baby brother and a father away at the war. Through Flossie we see the fear, privation and great humour found in Britain 1939-45, and through her father's letters to her we also see something of the events of the war itself.


Williams again presents her account as a hardback scrapbook diary, handwritten, illustrated with drawings, cuttings and pop-ups, which supply great visual immediacy, and the opportunity for KS2 readers to identify closely with Flossie's experience.


Publisher: Walker Books

About the author

  • Marcia Williams

    Marcia Williams has illustrated and retold many literary classics for children with her distinctive cartoon-strip style. Among her highly acclaimed titles are: Greek Myths, Mr William Shakespeare's Plays, God and His Creations: Tales from the Old Testament and Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories. She is also the author of the bestselling Archie's War and My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright, diary-style accounts of the First and Second World Wars. Marcia lives in London, SW13.

    Marcia Williams Photo:Walker Books Ltd
    Marcia Williams Photo:Walker Books Ltd
Average rating: 5/5

What you thought

This book is great! It is very informative and gives readers a thorough insight of how it is to live in the Second World War.

Rating: 5 star
Samantha Jones
London, United Kingdom
24 December 2012

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