RRD_001-181_r5kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM Page 159 E 1 PILOGUE 2 3 ✮ ✮ ✮ 4 5 6 Maddie Beck took the long train ride to San Francisco 7 with her mother and was happily reunited with her fa- 8 ther. Captain Beck’s wounds prevented him from ﬂying 9 again during the war, but he did recover well enough to 10 remain in the navy. Over the next few years, Maddie at- 11 tended school at a number of naval bases. She graduated 12 from high school while stationed near Virginia Beach, 13 Virginia. 14 Contrary to her prediction, Maddie and her mother 15 did remain in close touch with the household of Mrs. 16 Hawkins’s Mansion-by-the-Sea. In fact, Theo and Clara 17 got married and named their ﬁrst child Maddie in honor 18 of their friend. 19 Maddie went back to meet her namesake the summer 20 after her senior year in high school. She and Johnny 21 Vecchio began dating that summer. And to no one’s sur- S 22 prise, they became engaged two years later. R 23 159.
RRD_001-181_r5kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:04 PM Page 163 H N 1 ISTORICAL OTE 2 3 ✮ ✮ ✮ 4 5 6 World War II began two years before the United 7 States joined the ﬁght. From 1939 until 1941, while 8 Americans watched helplessly, Adolf Hitler’s German 9 troops invaded country after country in Europe. One of 10 the most horrendous aspects of Hitler’s brutality was his 11 campaign against Jews and other minorities. After the 12 war, it was learned that over 8 million European Jews 13 had been murdered by the Nazis. The annihilation of 14 the Jews came to be called the Holocaust. 15 During the time of Hitler’s aggression, the nation of 16 Japan was also seeking to expand its empire. It had 17 moved into Indochina and was planning to conquer 18 other parts of the Paciﬁc. When the Japanese attacked 19 the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 20 December 7, 1941, the United States was ﬁnally brought 21 into World War II. The United States declared war S 22 against Japan and, quickly thereafter, against Germany. R 23 163.
RRD_001-181_r5kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:05 PM Page 181 A A 1 BOUT THE UTHOR 2 3 ✮ ✮ ✮ 4 5 6 MARY POPE OSBORNE’s father, like Madeline 7 Beck’s, was a career military ofﬁcer. “Growing up in the 8 ﬁfties and sixties, my brothers and I often heard stories 9 from our dad about his WWII experiences in New 10 Guinea and stories from our mom about waiting for him 11 on the home front,” she says. 12 “I ﬁrst heard about Nazi U-boats patrolling in 13 American waters while we were living on an army base 14 on the coast of Virginia. As my brothers and I played on 15 the abandoned coastal artillery emplacements once used 16 to defend the shore, we imagined what it would have 17 been like to confront the enemy on the beach. Many 18 years later, I read that Nazi saboteurs had actually come 19 ashore on Long Island in 1942. That story captured my 20 imagination and I seized upon it as the centerpiece of 21 Maddie’s story.” S 22 Mary Pope Osborne has written many books, in R 23 181.
9641_02_182-190_r6kp.qxd 4/17/00 1:11 PM Page 185 A 1 CKNOWLEDGMENTS 2 3 ✮ ✮ ✮ 4 5 6 I am deeply grateful to Robert Schnare, Jr., director of the Naval 7 War College Library, for his tremendous research assistance; and to 8 Tracy Mack, my editor, for her invaluable editing and inspiration.
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