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My Faraway Home: An American Family's WWII Tale of Adventure and Survival in the Jungles of the Philippines

Maynard, Mary McKay

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ISBN 10: 1585742619 / ISBN 13: 9781585742615
Published by The Lyons Press, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1585742619 B/w photos & illus. For two years the author as a child and her family awaited an evacuation from the jungles of Mindanao. Protected by the Filipino villagers they traded with, the McKay family lived on canned food and the hope that they soon could emerge from their jungle hideout and return home. A coming of age story through a child's eyes with a fresh perspective on war. *** 275pp. *** Glossary. *** 1st ed. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-SEA-05264

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Title: My Faraway Home: An American Family's WWII ...

Publisher: The Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author recalls her two years hiding in the jungles of Mindanao after the Japanese invaded in 1941, forcing her family to flee into the Filipino countryside, in a memoir of a wartime childhood behind enemy lines.

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When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and simultaneously attacked the Philippines, eight-year-old Mary McKay, her parents, and several other American families working on Mindanao fled into the jungle for what they thought would be a short evacuation until they could be rescued by the U.S. Navy. Their wait lasted two years. Maynard's beautifully written, courageous memoir tells the fascinating story of how they survived. The refugees encountered typhoons, fires and cobras; they lived on dwindling stores of canned food. Mary begins to perceive the social politics and prejudices that exist on the island, and she survives a sexual assault. Like The Diary of Anne Frank or Empire of the Sun, My Faraway Home gives a fresh perspective on war through a child's eyes.

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