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Madeline featured on the cover

All of the characters that appear in My Secret War by Mary Pope Osborne.

Main characters[]

Madeline Beck[]

Main article: Madeline Beck

Madeline Beck (born c. 1928),[1] also known as Maddie, was the only child of David and Mrs. Beck.

Supporting characters[]

Clara Rosenthal[]

Clara Rosenthal (born c. 1922)[2] was the daughter of Mrs. Rosenthal.

David and Mrs. Beck[]

David[3] and Mrs. Beck ("Dad" and "Mom") were the parents of Madeline. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. His job caused him to have to move his family around the country often. In September 1941, David was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Mrs. Beck and her daughter went to stay on Long Island, New York.

Johnny Vecchio[]

Johnny Vecchio was a classmate and later friend of Madeline. She described him as the "most admired boy in the eighth grade" with "black curly hair and sparkly brown eyes." He lived with his parents, whom worked at a cannery, his grandmother, and younger brother Bill.

Theo Hawkins[]

Theo Hawkins (born c. 1921)[2] was the son of Mrs. Hawkins.

Minor characters[]

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Bert Lyman
  • Bill Vecchio (born c. 1935)[4] was the younger brother of Johnny.
  • Miss Burke, a retired teacher whom talked a lot.
  • Mrs. Hawkins was Theo's mother and the owner of Mrs. Hawkin's Mansion-by-the-Sea, a boardinghouse on Long Island. She was hard of hearing.
  • Maxine Stone was a classmate of Madeline whom described her as the "prettiest girl in our class." She started a group called the "Star Points" with four of her friends.
  • Mr. O'Malley was Madeline's homeroom teacher.
  • Mrs. Rosenthal was Clara's mother.

Epilogue characters[]


See also[]

Dear America characters
Main characters

Remember "Mem" Whipple | Deliverance Trembley | Lozette Moreau | Catharine Logan | Prudence Emerson
Abigail Stewart | Lucinda Lawrence | María Rosalia de Milagros | Hattie Campbell | Mary Driscoll
Florence "Florrie" Mack Ryder | Susanna Fairchild | Clotee Henley | Amelia Martin | Emma Simpson
Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
Nannie Little Rose | Angeline Reddy | Sarah Jane Price | Teresa Viscardi | Anetka Kaminska
Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

Supporting characters

Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

Lists of characters by book

A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?