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The great escape : the longest tunnel / Mike Meserole.

By: Meserole, Mike.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Sterling point books: Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub., 2008Description: x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781402757051 (pbk.); 1402757050.Subject(s): Stalag Luft III | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German | World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Poland -- Żagań | Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Poland -- Żagań | World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Poland -- Zagan | Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Poland -- ZaganDDC classification: 940.54724 MES
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A spine-tingling, suspenseful true story of escape during World War II.
Spring, 1943; Stalag Luft III, Germany: every prisoner in the Nazi camps had one thought in mind--to get out. The organization was in place, with men digging hidden passageways and squads dispersing yellow sand in the middle of soccer scrimmages. Forgers worked to create false travel documents. Tailors stitched up civilian suits from blankets. Their goal? To break out of an "escape-proof" German prison camp and raise havoc throughout the German countryside. The stakes were high, however: anyone caught would be executed.
Author Mike Meserole keeps the tension high in this newly-written tale filled with daring and danger. Kids will hang on to every word.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 It's an Officer's Duty to Escape (p. 1)
  • 2 The New Big X (p. 14)
  • 3 North Compound (p. 19)
  • 4 The Tunnel King, the Ex-Con, and the Penguins (p. 33)
  • 5 Keeping a Secret (p. 47)
  • 6 Digging Tunnels (p. 53)
  • 7 The Fourth of July (p. 58)
  • 8 High Stakes Chess (p. 65)
  • 9 Tom Is Found (p. 73)
  • 10 Tom's Revenge (p. 81)
  • 11 The Yanks Move Out (p. 88)
  • 12 Christmas Comes Early (p. 95)
  • 13 Harry Reopens for Business (p. 102)
  • 14 Rubberneck Strikes (p. 114)
  • 15 Harry Is Ready to Go (p. 124)
  • 16 Tonight's the Night (p. 134)
  • 17 Escape (p. 154)
  • 18 The Cooler Is Full (p. 168)
  • 19 Roundup and Reprisals (p. 178)
  • Epilogue (p. 195)
  • The Great Escapers (p. 201)
  • Bibliography (p. 207)
  • Index (p. 211)
  • About the Author (p. 226)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-"For you the war is over." These were the first words translated from German heard by most downed Allied pilots when rounded up as POWs during World War II. For the British RAF, the first code of conduct was to escape. Those who did make it out were usually caught and returned and, under the rules of the Geneva Convention, punished without fatal consequences. A group of highly crafty, daring, and determined POWs in Stalag Luft III, comprised of dedicated British and American servicemen, used disciplined secret planning and organized execution with basic engineering and mining knowledge to pull off "the Great Escape." Meserole's compelling narrative takes readers through the early days of strategic thinking to the amazing nail-biting escape through a 30-foot-deep tunnel on a moonless night in late winter. The easy-to-read text, embellished with drawings of tunnel blueprints and black-and-white photos of the events, vividly describes the ingenuity and hard labor of several hundred men who not only clandestinely dug and disposed of tons of sand, but also created tools from scraps of metal and wood, civilian clothing, and counterfeit documents right under the noses of their captors. The author is careful to create suspense and intrigue but brings his account to an honest conclusion with the Nazis's vengeful response to the event. This story has been previously told on film as well as in print, but it will nevertheless interest today's readers.-Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.