These wonderful subjects are all from the state of Iowa:


The One in Charge - The true story of Al Taylor who was a homeless youth during the Great Depression. He lied about his age to join the Army at 16 so he could have room and board. Two years later, he was the young medic they put in charge of triage after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 

Barbed Wire Wings - John Gualtier was a medic on the front lines in Europe. He liberated a concentration camp and as he tried to feed a Jewish prisoner, the man died in his arms. John came home with PTSD and attempted suicide twice and failed. He got the help he needed and still speaks to veterans and students today. He is credited for saving lives telling his story.

My Guardian Angel - Eva Apathy's was born in Hungary. Her father left before she was born and her mother died when she was two. No one in the family would commit to caring for this beautiful orphan girl. She met and married the love of her life who was a doctor treating the wounded in Germany during the war. Survival during their wartime experience was nothing short of a miracle. Eva told her young author and illustrator that she felt she had a Guardian Angel throughout her life.

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"I'm passing along the lessons from the Greatest Generation and others who have lived through hardship to future generations. Our subject's humility, sense of responsibility, and work ethic are inspiring. Having a student interview someone with a powerful story to tell is the greatest gift I can give them and those who will one day read their book." Deb Bowen