2015, 2016/2017 Recommended Reading for Grades 9-12 by the Florida Department of Education
2013 Global EBook Award Winner : Best Biography and Book Trailer
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Adventurers Against Their Will: Extraordinary World War II Stories of Survival, Escape, and Connection – Unlike Any Others
A nonfiction book well-suited for the Social Studies or Language Arts teacher, or a collaboration of both – Grades 9-12 or above.
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“Adventurers Against Their Will is a brilliant and compelling account of men and women caught in the turbulence of war…Joanie Schirm has made a fresh and vital contribution to our understanding of World War II’s impact on the lives of people in Central Europe.” –Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
“Adventurers Against Their Will is a powerful wartime story revolving around true historical events…An emotionally powerful book for anyone interested in the vanished universe of early twentieth-century Central Europe and the war that destroyed it.” –Robert Gerwarth, author of Hitler’s Hangman: The Life and Death of Reinhard Heydrich
Author Joanie Schirm
Top 100 – Writer’s Digest 80th Annual Inspirational Writing Winners
Speaking Engagements: Author Joanie Schirm is a sought after public speaker, most recently presenting the many lessons learned from revelations that came after the discovery of the “ Holzer Collection “ – 400 WWII letters by 78 Czech correspondents reaching her father, Dr. Oswald “Valdik” Holzer, in four continents during the war. This primary source collection, with letters originating in wartime Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Great Britain, France, Palestine, Ecuador, China, and the United States, lies at the heart of Joanie’s series of non-fiction books.
Upon request at email@example.com, Joanie Holzer Schirm is available to speak about her books. She has presented at schools, teacher conferences, libraries and museums along with many book clubs.
September 4, 2014, Prague, Czech Republic – In conjunction with Czech-language book launch for Adventurers Against Their Will, Joanie Holzer Schirm presented a two hour lecture to high-school age, English-speaking students at Gymnazium Spitalska.
Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2014: Carolyn & Herb Nathan 2014 Educators’ Conference Keynote Presentation:
February 8, 2014 Prague Post article:
2015 – JOANIE SCHIRM SPEAKER AT FAME (Florida Association of Media Educators); Florida and National Conference for the Social Studies; at High Schools and Book Clubs Nationally