Imagine: it’s early summer. 1939. Your mother is dying from tuberculosis. You are packed up and sent to Maine to live with an eccentric aunt while your parents sail off to Switzerland as a last ditch effort to heal your mom.
This is exactly where Agatha finds herself. What she imagines will be a drab summer of fretting over her parents and learning to paint birds, turns into a grand adventure that will set her course for the duration of World War II.
The Seabirds Trilogy follows Agatha (dubbed Piper by her aunt), her aunt Edie, Horatio, Peter, and her three German-Jewish cousins. Ultimately what starts out as a combination honeymoon and attempt to meet up with her parents (Book 1) leads to her three cousins in Palestine each fighting, in their own way, for a homeland (Book 2). And ultimately, culminates in Australia on the Western Front! (Book 3).
Glasner has created a trilogy that both entices and educates. Full of historic references, these books take you on an adventure from Europe to Palestine to Hawaii to Australia. The characters are rich and real and quite frankly, tougher than nails.
Be prepared to be transported back to, what is quite possibly, the darkest time in the world’s history. As you get lost in the story, you will escape from the Nazi’s, smuggle Jewish children out of Europe, go undercover, learn to fly planes, go on secret missions, and escape a Japanese POW camp.
Book 1: Voyage of the Sandpiper
*Historical accuracy! All of her historical references are noted so you can look into them deeper.
*This book is set in WWII and while Glasner does not get graphic at all, concentration camps are mentioned, characters die, anti-Semitic comments are made, and there is some undercover work necessary to save lives.
Book 2: Flight of the Seahawks (My favorite!)
*Strong female characters
*Lots of historical information regarding a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
*Mostly takes place in Egypt and Palestine during WWII.
*Characters get involved in the fighting.
*Relationships between Arabs and Jews
Book 3: Song of the Storm Petrel
*Continued historical references
*Characters come to know Jesus
*Families are reunited
*Japanese treatment of POWs
*The dropping of the Atomic bomb
Note: the author reached out for me to review her books. I received the books for free but was otherwise uncompensated. The above thoughts are my own.