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My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck is the nineteenth book in Scholastic's Dear America series. It was written by Mary Pope Osborne and is her second book for the series. My Secret War was published in September 2000 and was followed by Barry Denenberg's One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping.


"To the memory of my father, Colonel William P. Pope, who served in the Pacific during WWII"

Book description[]

"June 12, 1942
Tonight I got caught. I'm still shaking. I don't understand what happened, really. I was walking on the foggy beach... I heard voices and saw the shapes of two men near the dunes. I turned back to go home, but one of the men called out and shined a flashlight on me, and I froze like a rabbit.
The man angrily told me to halt and he asked who I was and where I lived. I told him my name was Madeline Beck and gave him my address. He ordered me to turn around. I did, and he walked up to me in the dark and shined the flashlight right in my eyes. When I started to turn away, he said, "Look straight into this light, Madeline Beck." And I looked into the light, and I was blinded, and he said, "We're the Coast Guard. You did not see us here. You saw nothing.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of My Secret War characters


Main article: Mary Pope Osborne



  • Narrator: Claire Slemmer, Barbara Rosenblat
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media
  • Published: May 31, 2008[2]
  • Running time: 3 hours and 8 minutes
  • No. of discs: 3
  • ISBN: 9781430103578[3]


"I am deeply grateful to Robert Schnare, Jr., director of the Naval War College Library, for his tremendous research assistance; and to Tracy Mack, my editor, for her invaluable editing and inspiration."


  • The portrait on the cover is a photograph licensed from SuperStock and the background from FPG International.[4]


See also[]

Dear America

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


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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