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In 1940, Beatrice Sims, a spoiled English girl arrives in Santa Fe to escape the war in London. At first the twelve-year-old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being faceta - stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and he In 1940, Beatrice Sims, a spoiled English girl arrives in Santa Fe to escape the war in London. At first the twelve-year-old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being faceta - stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and helps the public health nurse, Clementine Pope, rescue a sick baby on an Indian pueblo. TRUE BRIT - Beatrice, 1940 was inspired by accounts of children who were sent to Santa Fe and elsewhere in the United States to escape the war in Europe.


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In 1940, Beatrice Sims, a spoiled English girl arrives in Santa Fe to escape the war in London. At first the twelve-year-old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being faceta - stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and he In 1940, Beatrice Sims, a spoiled English girl arrives in Santa Fe to escape the war in London. At first the twelve-year-old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being faceta - stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and helps the public health nurse, Clementine Pope, rescue a sick baby on an Indian pueblo. TRUE BRIT - Beatrice, 1940 was inspired by accounts of children who were sent to Santa Fe and elsewhere in the United States to escape the war in Europe.

36 review for True Brit - Beatrice 1940

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    It's September 1940, the Blitz is already in full swing, and the last thing 12-year-old Beatrice Sims wants is to be sent away to Santa Fe, New Mexico for safety while her family, parents and older brother, stay behind in London. An upper middle class girl, Beatrice travels in first-class comfort, first by train, then by ship across the Atlantic Ocean, and finally, by train across the United States from New York to New Mexico. Before she leaves London, her father suggests Beatrice think of her tr It's September 1940, the Blitz is already in full swing, and the last thing 12-year-old Beatrice Sims wants is to be sent away to Santa Fe, New Mexico for safety while her family, parents and older brother, stay behind in London. An upper middle class girl, Beatrice travels in first-class comfort, first by train, then by ship across the Atlantic Ocean, and finally, by train across the United States from New York to New Mexico. Before she leaves London, her father suggests Beatrice think of her trip as an adventure and herself as an explorer, giving her a red leather notebook to fill with all the different and interesting things she will see and do and experience while away. Her mother, however, is convinced that the war would be over by Christmas and Beatrice would come home. Arriving in Lamy, New Mexico, Beatrice finds herself alone in a small train station, with only a sleeping cowboy on a bench. Eventually, Clem Pope arrives with two chickens and a beat up truck named Maude. Clem is the local practical nurse, the only one around now that the world was at war and everyone expected the US would be in it soon enough. Her house is comfortable but nothing like Beatrice is accustomed to. The first day of school, Beatrice meets Esteban, son of Delores, who helps Clem in the house, and Arabella, who introduces her to her new surroundings as only a 12-year-old would know them. But soon enough, Beatrice discovers that Esteban and his friends think she is faceta, a spoiled little Princess. Beatrice is upset by this nickname, especially because she really likes Esteban. Hurt that the kids think about her that way, she also discovers and can't understand that many Americans don't want to get involved in the war in Europe or help England in its fight against the Nazis. But when Beatrice decides the change her reputation, she discovers it isn't as easy as she would have liked. After a few unfortunate incidents, things aren't looking good. It will take one big life-or-death incident to really turn things around for Beatrice, not just how others see her, but, more importantly, how she begins to see herself. True Brit is the first book in Rosemary Zibart's trilogy about the different experiences of young people from war-torn countries during WWII, now living on the American home front. It is an engaging story, one I found I couldn't put down. And I thought Zibart really did a great job in depicting Beatrice's culture shock as she begins to adjust to her new surroundings. I could understand how Beatrice felt since I was once a New York City girl who found myself living in a desert area for four years. Zibart also looks at the class differences between Beatrice and Arabella and most of the kids they are in school with, kids who are native, biracial, and poor by comparison. Yet, neither one is presented as better than the other, but accepted for who they are as people. In that regard, readers see how the stereotype ideas Beatrice arrives in New Mexico with about the land, culture and people are dispelled as she gets to know and understand her new surroundings better. Beatrice does records her adventures in the red notebook her father gave and these entries give the reader more insight and information than even Beatrice's first-person narration does. Of course, True Brit are some humorous moments - her first hot dog with mustard and relish, her first milkshake, and American slang - is all A-okay. But it is the eye-opening experiences that she has that really make a difference. Beatrice arrived in New Mexico, very much a fish out of water, a self-involved, pampered and privileged girl who expected to be taken care of by servants much the way her mother is. And yet, despite her flaws, I found Beatrice to be a likable character who really grows and comes appreciate her new, temporary (?) home. Astute readers who are also fans of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis will like the scene on the train station where Beatrice sees and envies a girl named Lucy and her siblings getting on another train to stay with great-uncle in the country. Interestingly, Beatrice recalls that scene later in the book as she wishes she could be a comfortable as Clem is in her new setting, and envying those four children again. True Brit is an interesting, informative book that gives readers another detailed look at the life of a young girl in WWII who finds herself in a totally different land and culture than what she is accustomed to. This book is recommended for readers age 9+ This book was sent to me by the publisher, Kinkajou Press

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Sanchez

    Beatrice Simms, a twelve-year-old girl from England, is sent away from the country to protect her from the Nazi bombings in London. She is not sent to the country side in Britain, but to a far-away country--America and to an even culturally different place--Santa Fe, New Mexico. Beatrice wants to prove she's not a spoiled little rich girl and that she's "made of strong stuff." I like the premise of the Far and Away series where we will meet children sent away from their homes during WWII. Beatrice Simms, a twelve-year-old girl from England, is sent away from the country to protect her from the Nazi bombings in London. She is not sent to the country side in Britain, but to a far-away country--America and to an even culturally different place--Santa Fe, New Mexico. Beatrice wants to prove she's not a spoiled little rich girl and that she's "made of strong stuff." I like the premise of the Far and Away series where we will meet children sent away from their homes during WWII.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Rosemary Zibart has written a story bound to appeal to younger readers' yearning for adventure and new experiences. Told from the viewpoint of main character Beatrice, the tale is based on factual events connected with the Nazi invasion of Europe and siege on London during the beginning months of World War II. Beatrice is a twelve-year-old English girl sent, as many children were during that period, to the United States for safety during the terrifying days of the German blitz. Her story is inte Rosemary Zibart has written a story bound to appeal to younger readers' yearning for adventure and new experiences. Told from the viewpoint of main character Beatrice, the tale is based on factual events connected with the Nazi invasion of Europe and siege on London during the beginning months of World War II. Beatrice is a twelve-year-old English girl sent, as many children were during that period, to the United States for safety during the terrifying days of the German blitz. Her story is interesting and informative, both of her life in London before the departure and then later adapting to a very different kind of life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The comparison of cultural differences is exciting to Beatrice and will be through her eyes to other youngsters reading about her experiences, some difficult for her but also many very rewarding. This book is the first in a Far and Away series which will continue to follow the adventures of children during World War II. I'm looking forward to the next one about a young boy in New York City, a tale described to me as gripping by the author's husband.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nmdb22

    Great book about a piece of history that many of us don't know about. Loved the characters in the book, many expressing kindness and empathy, and the resilience and determination of Bea. I'm not used to books for young people, so sometimes the simplicity of the language didn't appeal to me, but that is a minor, minor point - it's a great book for kids! Great book about a piece of history that many of us don't know about. Loved the characters in the book, many expressing kindness and empathy, and the resilience and determination of Bea. I'm not used to books for young people, so sometimes the simplicity of the language didn't appeal to me, but that is a minor, minor point - it's a great book for kids!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Philippa Werry

    Great book for children on a little-known part of WW2 history (because who knew that English evacuees were sent as far away as Santa Fe in New Mexico?) Read my full review here: http://childrenswarbooks.blogspot.co.... Great book for children on a little-known part of WW2 history (because who knew that English evacuees were sent as far away as Santa Fe in New Mexico?) Read my full review here: http://childrenswarbooks.blogspot.co....

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