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Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars. It's the fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her mother recently committed suicide. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.
It's 1943, and the war in Europe and the Pacific is escalating. At home in New York City, ordinary citizens are feeling the effects as the war has slowly taken over nearly every part of their lives, with food rations, frequent air raids, blackouts and propaganda signs delivering ominous warnings about the enemy. Against this backdrop, Rosie Winter has her own problems to deal with: her boyfriend unexpectedly enlisted in the Navy and she hasn't heard from him in weeks; she hasn't had an acting job in six months; and her theatrical rooming house is threatening to throw her out if she doesn't get cast in something soon. To top it off she's been forced to take a part-time job as a clerk for a lowbrow detective agency. When her boss turns up dead, Rosie finds herself caught up in a mystery that involves the mob, the theater crowd, Manhattan's high society, and a missing (and notorious) script. Led by the unforgettable Rosie Winter, THE WAR AGAINST MISS WINTER is an exceptionally evocative and original novel that beautifully brings to life the people and the places of World War II.
Back from their USO stint in the South Pacific in the fall of 1943, Rosie Winter and her best friend, Jayne, head upstate to visit the home of Jayne's recently deceased fiancÉ. But what they find leaves Rosie wondering if the man ever existed to begin with. As Rosie searches for the truth behind his identity-and a way to help heal Jayne's broken heart-she faces an unpleasant homecoming of her own. The newspapers are filled with tales of saboteurs infiltrating the East Coast. Her ex, Jack Castlegate, is also back in Manhattan, nursing severe war injuries, under scrutiny for desertion, and engaged to a gorgeous WAC private. Rosie and Jayne's friend Al is in hiding and no one seems willing to help him out. Desperate to make things right, Rosie finds herself telling lie after lie to protect her friends and herself. But as her deceit mounts and lures danger out of hiding, she starts to wonder if they weren't all safer on the warfront than they are on the home front.
New York, 1943: Aspiring actress Rosie Winter has been marooned in New York throughout the war. Now, faced with the news that her ex-boyfriend Jack might not be coming home again, she's desperate to leave the home front and head for the war front. So when Rosie and her best pal Jayne get an offer to go to the South Pacific to perform with USO Camp Shows, they jump at the chance. But being a greasepaint soldier isn't as easy as they had hoped. Not only are the cast members surly, the schedules inhumane, and the housing conditions primitive but they also have to travel with a major--and majorly difficult--Hollywood star. But none of that is as bad as living in a war zone, and when tragedy strikes, Rosie and Jayne are left wondering if they are being targeted by the enemy or if something far more sinister is afoot.
It's tough shooting for stardom when there's a war on. But Rosie's got enough pluck for two: she's willing to stumble around in a Broadway dance chorus that she has no right to be a part of, in a musical that's got "flop" written all over it. And all the while, she's worrying about her missing-in-action soldier boyfriend, who hasn't written in months. Lately, she's also been keeping bad company with her mob-muscle pal, Al, who's dabbling in a host of shady money-making enterprises in this time of shortages and rationing. But despite his illicit line of work, Al's no killer. When the cops finger him for his girlfriend's murder, Rosie and Jayne, her close compatriot/fellow castmate, set out to clear big Al's name, and plunge into an intricate backstage drama featuring a bevy of suspiciously well-dressed wannabe starlets. But the plot could soon be taking another lethal turn, bringing a final curtain down on Rosie, Jayne, and all their good intentions.
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