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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In "Terry", Terry Wadsworth Warne has written a vivid account of her entrapment in the events of World War II. Born and raised in the Philippines, she had an idyllic life until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As America was unable to evacuate all the Americans on the islands, many were forced to flee to places of hiding, only to be discovered or forced to surrender. They were then put in camps under severe conditions of starvation and hardship. The author and her family appeared to take the initiative toward a productive survival mode as soon as danger presented. The father and the mother were resourceful and so the child was taught a positive attitude in which whatever was available would help them to "make due." Because of their firm belief in rescue, they were able to hang on in the most adverse of conditions for three long years. Moved from one camp to another, they finally ended up in Manilla. At the moment of rescue, many were killed and others severely injured but Terry and her parents never gave up. They steadfastly maintained a firm belief in the military rescue which eventually came.
This is a story of triumph, tragedy, stamina and tenacity in the face of unrelenting hardship. It is a story to motivate those who feel wronged and to inspire those needing strength and perseverance. We all need to remember what happened. We all need to remember the sacrifices made by this country in order that freedom prevailed. Terry gives us just such an opportunity. You will not be disappointed.