My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck is a book by Mary Pope Osborne for the Dear America series. It was published in September 2000 by Scholastic and was followed by One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping.
- "To the memory of my father, Colonel William P. Pope, who served in the Pacific during WWII"
- "June 12, 1942
Tonight I got caught. I'm still shaking. I don't understand what happened, really. I was walking on the foggy beach... I heard voices and saw the shapes of two men near the dunes. I turned back to go home, but one of the men called out and shined a flashlight on me, and I froze like a rabbit. The man angrily told me to halt and he asked who I was and where I lived. I told him my name was Madeline Beck and gave him my address. He ordered me to turn around. I did, and he walked up to me in the dark and shined the flashlight right in my eyes. When I started to turn away, he said, "Look straight into this light, Madeline Beck." And I looked into the light, and I was blinded, and he said, "We're the Coast Guard. You did not see us here. You saw nothing."
- Main article: List of My Secret War characters
- Main article: Mary Pope Osborne
- "I am deeply grateful to Robert Schnare, Jr., director of the Naval War College Library, for his tremendous research assistance; and to Tracy Mack, my editor, for her invaluable editing and inspiration."
- Interview with Mary Pope Osbourne about My Secret War at Scholastic
- My Secret War Discussion Guide at Scholastic