Domenic's War: A Story of the Battle of Monte Cassino

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On a rugged mountain in the center of Italy stands an ancient Benedictine monastery. It is January 1944, and Monte Cassino, the mountain on which the monastery stands, becomes the staging ground for one of the most fiercely fought battles of World War II.

Young Domenic and his family, who live on a farm north of Monte Cassino, are helplessly caught in the war. With battle lines approaching, they struggle against all odds. Will they be caught hiding two escaped prisoners-of-war? Will the innocent people sheltering in the monastery survive? This fascinating novel is based on the true story of the fateful events at Monte Cassino during that long cold winter.

In the fast-paced style of Storm-Blast and Sea Chase, Domenic’s War is Curtis Parkinson at the top of his form.

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Curtis Parkinson grew up in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from Queen’s University and worked as a chemical engineer for many years. Then he moved to the Caribbean to live on a sailboat and to write. As he says, “many rejections later, the cat fell off the boat one night, and this story became my first published work, a picture book.” Two more picture books and several short stories followed. Storm-Blast, his first novel, was set in the Caribbean Sea that he has learned both to love and respect. Curtis Parkinson has returned to Ontario, where he lives with his wife and continues to write.

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Grade 6-9–Based on actual experiences, this World War II novel tells the stories of Italians living near Monte Cassino, caught between the German army and the Allied forces. Young Domenic Luppino and his family live north of the fighting, but fear the advancing troops. Fifteen-year-old Antonio lost his entire family when fighting moved into the town, and now he's on his own. Both boys face hardships and risk their lives for friends and family. Their stories of strength, resourcefulness, and survival are deftly placed within the context of the Monte Cassino campaign and will give readers a poignant look at the ways in which the war affected average citizens. The Allied forces' destruction of the sixth-century Benedictine monastery and the deaths of some of the Italian refugees sheltered there are not glossed over or presented in a judgmental way. The author allows readers to draw their own conclusions, and students who are interested in the topic will perhaps be inspired to read more about the complex issues surrounding the battle.–Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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