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Author(s): Alan Gratz
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781338245721

The date: July 6, 1944. The location: Normandy, France. The day: D-Day. Six people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries converge on the region to help fight the battle that began the end of World War II. This book takes a look at the battle of Normandy from the different perspectives of those that fought in the war. As each character is introduced, readers are transported into their individual experiences. The vivid descriptions allow readers to see Samira work as part of the French Resistance; feel how Sam felt as he parachuted into battle; hear the sounds as Dee dodged the bullets at Omaha Beach; watch as Monique, a French citizen, and Dorothy, an American reporter disguised as a medic, tend to the wounded; and experience the disdain that the white soldiers had for the black medic Henry. Readers will be drawn into the battle as the story draws all of the characters together to see how each played an important part in the Allied victory. At the end of the book, the author lists the different operations that were fought and discusses the real people the characters were based on. The author takes some historical liberties by moving some of the events to allow for narrative flow, as well as adding some operations that fit and reflect the characters. This excellent resource will allow teachers to collaborate across both the language arts and history curriculum due to its meditative look at the global scope, outcome, and human costs of war. Debates would allow students to discuss the different viewpoints and situations the story presents.

Reviewer: Diane Guiett, Retired Library Media Specialist
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 3-8
Review Date: January 1, 2020
Product Description

Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.

Welcome to D-Day.

Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.

But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.

In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?

Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 336
Price: $17.99
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical Fiction
Entry ID: 2219666

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