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When Christmas Comes Again

the World War I Diary of Simone Spencer
Nov 23, 2020OPL_KIDS rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
After her brother leaves to fight in World War One, Simone Spencer is left behind feeling stuck and useless. When she hears of General Pershing’s call for French-speaking American girls to run the telephone switchboards on the French Western front, Simone jumps at the opportunity to contribute. When Christmas Comes Again is a fictional diary written from Simone’s perspective as a young woman learning about herself and what she wants from life as she works as a “Hello Girl” on the front lines during World War One. While the story begins and ends around Christmas-time, the plot itself isn’t your typical Christmas-themed narrative so it’s a great option for someone looking for a new or different holiday read. With excitement, age-appropriate romance, and historical educational value, this story is an excellent option for a family read-aloud during the holidays. Fans of juvenile historical fiction are especially sure to enjoy this holiday-adjacent coming of age story of a young woman during World War One. Reviewed by Miss Allison