Innocent War Book Review and Giveaway


Innocent War by Susan Violante chronicles the life of a boy, Nino, who lived in the Italian Colonies of Libya during WWII. Written by Nino’s daughter, it is based on historical facts with some fictional anecdotes added.

Nino saw his father drafted into the war which he and his family believed in. Italy was allies with Germany, but Nino and his family only knew what he was taught by his school, by the government and what was on the radio. What unfolds during the book helps them learn the truth, but it is a painful journey to reality.

During the war, they go through many difficult times, such as not having food, going of bombings, learning of close friends dying, and having to move many times to try to stay safe. There were some positive things too. They meet people from other cultures and learn that they are all the same inside. Families and communities come together to help each other in dire times. Nino and his friends still enjoy playing and being children when possible.

Nino’s parents did all they could to keep their children safe, especially Nino’s mother, who was left to care for them on her own. She learned to make meals out of practically nothing, buy from the black market and do things that woman of that time normally would not (such as packing up and moving without her husband’s knowledge).

Seen through the eyes of a child, war is very traumatic. The constant changes and the unknown leave effects that last into adulthood. You can learn about this by reading Susan Violante’s website, especially clicking on the links of her videos on YouTube.

innocent-warMy Review: This was an easy read because of the intrigue, the history that I learned so much about and the humor. I learned a great deal about how children cope with war, which helped me to consider what it is like currently for children in war zones throughout the world. To read how Nino’s mother sacrificed for her children made me realize that my life is so easy.  I cried along with Nino and laughed at his antics. This is  a touching book on so many levels.

To Purchase: Innocent War is sold online for $15.99.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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