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Mardiyah A. Tarantino

Mardiyah Aldrich Tarantino earned her master's degree from the University of Hawaii. Her essays, stories and poems have been published in newspapers, reviews and anthologies. She has written a memoir of life in Paris as a French actor and a biography of the Prophet Muhammad for young people, published in the UK.
Mardiyah speaks French, Spanish and Indonesian.

Besides writing and acting, Mardiyah enjoys painting and dancing.
She is currently living in Cathedral City, California, where she and her husband entertain members of their large family.
She is a member of the Palm Springs Writer's Guild, and the National League of American Pen Women.


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"A strong-willed, patriotic young girl growing up during World War II dreams of being a war heroine in Tarantino's heartwarming tale . . .A story for children and adults, full of historical details and humorous anecdotes. Kirkus Reviews"

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Hometown Providence, RI. Now Residing in Palm Springs, CA

Favorite author Thomas Hardy/James Thurber

Favorite book Moby Dick

Day job SUBUD Humanitarian Branch: Susila Dharma USA

Favorite line from a book "Things that move are interesting, and the most interesting moving things I’ve seen so far are people.”-Nero Wolf.

Unexpected skill or talent Belly dancing

Passion in life Creating something: whether it be acting, writing, painting, or a cornucopia of descendants.


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1462068029
Page count: 124pp

A strong-willed, patriotic young girl growing up during World War II dreams of being a war heroine in Tarantino’s (Life at the Café Berlitz: A Memoir of Paris, 2004) heartwarming tale.

It’s 1942 and precocious 11-year-old Alice Calder commits to the war effort as an airplane spotter. Even though Alice is told she is too young for such a job, she perches at her window with binoculars and a logbook—much to her mother’s dismay. The novel chronicles Alice’s adventures and misadventures as she volunteers at the Red Cross, encourages other kids to get involved in the war effort, and keeps in touch with her teenage friend, Jimmy, who flies planes for the Civil Air Patrol. She even looks for spies in her hometown of Providence, R.I., reporting any suspicious activity she sees to police. But she is most interested in Jimmy, whom she admires and has a crush on, even though she doesn’t yet understand her feelings toward him. Tarantino’s convincing narrative evokes Alice’s childlike excitement and fears. When Jimmy disappears after flying in a storm, Alice is extremely upset; her overactive imagination contributes to the overwhelming worry she feels for Jimmy. Desperate to see him again, Alice will do anything she can to help. But Alice doesn’t let much get her down. She perseveres through everything thrown her way, showing her courage, innocence, enthusiasm and zest for life. Her spirit and can-do attitude are engaging and inspiring. The story is unique in that it approaches this time period through a child’s eyes, while the dialogue and inner monologue are spot-on. There’s also an enjoyable balance of period details and characterization, which combine to transport readers back to the ’40s with a fresh perspective on a trying time.

A story for children and adults, full of historical details and humorous anecdotes.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

HARJO AND THE SACRED STREAM (Unpublished)
Young Adult Fiction


LIFE AT THE CAFÉ BERLITZ
Memoir

ISBN: 1-932672-59-1


MARVELOUS STORIES FROM THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD
Youth Culture - Nonfiction

ISBN: 0 86037 103 4