P&P Live! L.M. Elliott—Loiusa June and the Nazis in the Waves-with Sharon Cameron

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March 31, 2022, marks the 80th anniversary of a Nazi U-boat attack on a small tugboat just off the Chesapeake Bay. L.M. Elliott’s Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves explores the impact of the often overlooked event on one Virginia family. Thirteen-year-old Louisa June’s innocence is shattered when the attack kills her brother, leaving her father guilt-ridden and her mother retreating into depression. Louisa and her siblings take on new roles to support their family and country. Finding strength in loyal friends, Louisa endeavors to keep the family healthy and whole as her understanding of the complexities of war deepen.

Enjoy these three starred reviews for Louisa June:

"Evocatively threaded with the scents and sounds of Tidewater Virginia coastal communities, this story presents a fascinating, lesser-known aspect of the war told from a young girl’s perspective. Successfully tackling the devastation of depression on family relationships, the bitter cost of war, and the uplifting strength of no-nonsense friendship, this story has impressive depth. Superb." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An infrequently explored aspect of WWII history—German submarines torpedoing U.S. cargo ships along America’s East Coast—underpins Elliott’s well-crafted novel. Evocative descriptions of the region’s natural life ground this realistic depiction of one family’s efforts to withstand depression and personal tragedy during wartime." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Elliott weaves a deeply moving historical tale, including small but significant details that flesh out the situation and characters, even the secondary ones. Louisa June, Emmett, and her elderly, adventurous Cousin Belle carry the story with their spunk and individualism. An excellent middle-grade read that balances adventure, emotions, and family.” --ALA Booklist (starred review)

L. M. Elliott is a New York Times best-selling author of historical and biographical fiction. Her twelve novels explore a variety of eras and are written for a variety of ages, including Under a War Torn Sky, Suspect Red, Hamilton and Peggy, and her most recent YA historical fiction Walls set during the Cold War. Many of her works have won national awards, including being named NCSS/CBC Notables (National Council of Social Studies and Children’s Book Council), Bank Street College Best Books, Jefferson Cup Honor Books, and Grateful American Book Prize winners. Elliott holds a BA from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong Virginia resident and history-lover.

Sharon Cameron is the #1 NYT best-selling author of The Dark Unwinding, A Spark Unseen, Rook, The Forgetting, and The Knowing, The Light in Hidden Places, and Bluebird. Her books have won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Westchester Fiction Award, earned starred reviews from Booklist, SLJ, and Kirkus, and have been chosen for numerous lists, including Indie Next Top Ten, YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Junior Library Guild Gold Standard, Audible Best Books, and numerous state award nominations.

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