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.

Giveaway: Win one copy of this book.

The Rules:

1. Contest starts now and ends Saturday, August 8th at midnight EST.
2. Open to people in the US and Canada.
3. Winner will be chosen by
4. Winner has 2 days to claim prize.
5. Have fun and tell your friends.

How To Enter:
For One Entry For Each Below: (please leave a separate comment for each entry)

Mandatory to be entered into contest – Visit the author’s website and leave a comment about one thing you learned that wasn’t mentioned here. It can be about the book or the author. If this entry is not done, all other entries will not be counted.

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8. Leave a comment about what you feel about war and its effect on children. – You can leave a new comment once every day during this giveaway.
9. Tweet about this contest. Please be sure to use my Twitter ID in your Tweet @ConnieFoggles. – You can tweet once every day during this giveaway.

This review and giveaway sponsored by Phenix and Phenix.

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  1. While I won’t be entering the contest, I am twittering about it for you 🙂
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  2. susan varney says:

    She started writing her thoughts in Spanish in a diary when living in Venezuela at 13.

  3. This will be a great read for the fall!

  4. Michelle Draveski says:

    cant wait to read

  5. I learned that Susan is a Business Analyst and Accountant in addition to writing freelance!

  6. She writing her thoughts in Spanish in a diary when living in Venezuela at 13.

  7. Carol Lawrence says:

    I learned that she -I started writing my thoughts in Spanish in a diary when living in Venezuela at 13.

  8. Carol Lawrence says:

    Technorati fav. username-jelly15301 —

  9. Carol Lawrence says:

    Facebook fan. username-jelly15301 —

  10. Carol Lawrence says:

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  11. Carol Lawrence says:

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  12. Carol Lawrence says:

    Innocent children are hurt physically and mentally (loss of parent) by war.

  13. jan koontz says:

    i would love to be a winner, thanks

  14. I enjoyed looking through the photos and seeing Nino now who’s 79 years old. This would be a very interesting book to read.
    .-= JMom´s last blog ..A Career in Marketing =-.

  15. I tweeted here:
    .-= JMom´s last blog ..A Career in Marketing =-.

  16. Linda Peters says:

    I would love to read this, thanks

  17. great, sign me up

  18. AB Smith says:

    Susan is a Business Analyst and Accountant in addition to writing freelance 🙂

  19. Gabriel J. says:

    Great read, great contest!

  20. Megan B. says:

    Wow this sounds absolutely fascinating, I would love to read this. I also learned this about the author, in her own words: A month after arriving in Florida I met my husband getting married a year later. Since then we have lived in Rome – Italy for one year, California for three years, Florida for ten years and now Texas, growing into a family of four with our two beautiful girls. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  21. Born and raised in Venezuela from Italian immigrants, Susan completed a BA degree in Political and Administrative Cs. before moving to the US.

  22. Nino the man the story is about, is now 79 years old.

  23. gina snow says:

    i would love t win

  24. Ed Nemmers says:

    War is pecker-flexing!

  25. Louis Willhauck says:

    thanks.good luck all.

  26. I would absolutely love to win this!

  27. dorothy l says:

    there is a picture of Nino reading the book

  28. Susan completed a BA degree in Political and Administrative Cs. before moving to the US.

  29. Linda Chaput says:

    Nino is 79 years old.

  30. fan on facebook/Gloria McKellar

  31. Nobody like wars I’m sure but there will always be a war going on in the world till the end of the world. The effect on children probably is different in every child. I would think it changes the way they look at life. I would say they appreciate things more.

  32. I learned that the author was born and raised in Venezuela by Italian immigrants.

  33. I am a new subscriber to your feed via google reader!

  34. I am a new follower on twitter!
    username: wordsmoveme

  35. I faved on technorati!
    username: wordsmoveme

  36. susan smoaks

    the author was born in venezuela

  37. susan smoaks

    subscribed to feed

  38. susan smoaks

    faved on technorati


  39. susan smoaks

    facebook fan

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  40. susan smoaks

    follower on twitter


  41. Candie L says:

    I thought it was interesting that she started writing my thoughts in Spanish in a diary when living in Venezuela at 13.

    Thank you

  42. Candie L says:

    I am following on face book. Thanks

  43. Candie L says:

    Became a fan on facebook. Thanks

  44. Betty C

    I learned that the story is based on the author’s own family. Her parents learned to cope with war and all the resulting fear but have never been able to completely feel free again. It resulted in being overly protective and made it difficult to let their children be independent.

  45. Diane Baum says:

    Looks very interesting

  46. Veronica Garrett says:

    I learned that Susan is also a Business Analyist and Accountant.

  47. Lily Kwan says:

    I learned that Susan is a Business Analyst and Accountant in addition to writing freelance.

  48. Lily Kwan says:

    I became a fan of Brain Foggles on Facebook under the username Lily Kwan/likwan.


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