What effect did World War have on children? It's a huge question, and one which we've been mulling over since The Diary of Anne Frank was first published and various fictional accounts written at the time (one of my favourites is When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr). Many of the great movements in child psychology actually originated from observations of how children responded to extreme situations brought on by war, such as separation from parents (Bowlby's work, for instance).
Alex Baugh is fascinated by the subject and has a whole blog, The Children's War, dedicated to the subject of books aimed at children, young adults and occasionally adults, plus a WIP annotated bibliography of books written for young readers set in World War II.
This week The Children's War reviews The One I Was and I am flattered to be in such good company.