The Last Mission

The Last Mission

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by Harry Mazer
     
 

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In 1944, as World War II is  raging across Europe, fifteen-year-old Jack Raab  dreams of being a hero. Leaving New York City, his  family, and his boyhood behind, Jack uses a false  I.D. and lies his way into the U.S. Air  Force.

From their base in England, he and his crew  fly twenty-four treacherous

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Overview

In 1944, as World War II is  raging across Europe, fifteen-year-old Jack Raab  dreams of being a hero. Leaving New York City, his  family, and his boyhood behind, Jack uses a false  I.D. and lies his way into the U.S. Air  Force.

From their base in England, he and his crew  fly twenty-four treacherous bombing missions over  occupied Europe. The war is almost over and Hitler  near defeat when they fly their last mission — a  mission destined for disaster. Shot down far  behind enemy lines, Jack is taken prisoner and sent to  a German POW camp, where his experiences are more  terrifying than anything he'd ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440947974
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/28/1981
Series:
Laurel-Leaf Historical Fiction Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
173,143
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Harry Mazer's The Last Mission is drawn closely from his experiences as a seventeen-year-old in the Army Air Corps. Like Jack, he was a Jewish boy from the Bronx full of fantasies about heroism, and like Jack, he became a waist gunner and never fired his guns. He remembers, "I was scared every time we flew....On our 26th mission we flew over Pilzen, Czechoslovakia, to bomb the Skoda Munitions Works. We missed our target, turned over the target again, and were hit. I saw Mike, who was our radio operator, frozen in the door of the radio room. He never made it out of the plane. Only three of us parachuted....No one in the plane lived." ( ALAN Review, Fall 1980)
 
Harry Mazer is the editor of Twelve Shots: Outstanding Short Stories About Guns, where twelve authors explore the extreme emotions that guns provoke in all of us. Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Richard Peck and other well-known authors create a riveting collection of short fiction that explores the emotion-driven world of guns.

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The Last Mission 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Battles, fighting, shooting, or war, Harry Mazer, the Author of The Last Mission, makes everything feel so real! Jack Raab, the main character of The Last Mission , is 15 years old. He `borrows¿ his brother¿s birth certificate so he can join the Airforce. He¿s in, once he¿s in, he starts basic training, where in a Flight Simulator, he accidentally shoots down one of his own planes. In the end of his basic training, he is the best in his class, God help us all. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is the part where he flies his first mission. When he flies his first mission, all the experienced flyers, which have flown a lot of missions, try to psych him out. They end up succeeding. When Jack and his crew, Chuckie and others, get in the air, he freaks out and hides behind his gun the whole time. You¿ll have to read the book to find out what exciting adventure Jack will come upon next. I really enjoyed the book. I thought that it was action-packed. It was funny at times, kind of ironic at times. I just thought it was a great book to read overall. I would recommend this book to anyone that is 11 years old or older. It has moderate profanity 'cussing'. IF MODERATE CURSING BOTHERS YOU, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Overall I give it a five out of five stars. I think that if you like action and war books, you¿ll definitely enjoy this book.
easymac More than 1 year ago
The book The Last Mission by Harry Mazer kept my attention throughout the book. It is an action type suspense book about wartime in Europe. I normally don't like to read, but this book I could not put down. Have you ever found yourself getting bored with a book you are reading? Well this book kept me at attention so I'm sure it will grab yours as well. I had to find a book to read for English class and I picked this one because it looked like something that would keep my attention, and I was definitely not let down. Throughout the book I felt the triumph of jack and his crew as they flew their missions in their bomber. They seemed like genuine heroes. And when tragedy struck I felt the pain as well. In the book, a young man, about sixteen, named jack decides to join the U.S. air force, which was almost impossible. He found a way in by using his brother's birth certificate. Little did he know that this would be one of his biggest mistakes, almost his last. Though he enjoyed training he found it totally different in real combat. It was a lot scarier, and not as easy. On a mission that seems totally unnecessary Jack's bomber gets shot. Jack and his crew now enter a world of pain and agony, will he and his crew members make it back to safety? To find out more pick up the book and find out for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that can connect with? I have, The Last Mission by Harry Mazer. I have always been in a hurry to get older so I can join the military and be hero, but for the main character Jack Raab, he didn¿t have to wait. 1944, as WWII rages on, fifteen-year-old Jack Raab lies his way to get in the U.S. Air Corps. Leaving behind New York City, memories, and his family, he goes to fight Hitler. From his air base in England, he and the boys fly for twenty-four hours. Bombing missions after bombing missions non-stop. During a briefing they find out that they¿re going straight to Berlin, Germany¿s capitol, were Hitler is. As fear stuck deep into their hearts pride struck back. This mission was destined for disaster. As they infiltrated Berlin, they are bombarded by anti-aircraft weapons and are shot down far behind enemy lines. Now in a German POW camp he is terrified. A young boy who had wanted excitement in his life is shot down. Will he survive? Will his friends survive? The only way to find out is to read this book. Also you should be at least twelve-years-old to read this book because it is pretty graphic and virbal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Raab is a fifteen-year-old boy but lies about his age to get into the US Air Corps. He trains to be a gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress in WWII. He wants to take part in the bombing of Germany. He has many successful missions except the last mission when he is taken prisoner by the germans after his plane is shot down. The most exciting thing about the book is seeing if he survives the POW camp and makes it back home.I think the author wrote this book because he was trying to teach us about war. War can look fun and interesting but there is a lot more to it. Jack learns a lot about the world in the time he is in the war. I love this story because I couldn't put the book down.I had to keep reading it.The whole book was exciting and one of the best books I have ever read.Any boy who likes stories with excitement and lots of action would really like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing story because of the point of view that is seen. It is amazing how much detail there was about the missions that Jack flew. It was a well writen book also becasue of the way the author goes inside Jacks mind and brings out all Jacks feelings towards being in the Air force when only 15 (16). And to know that when you want to harm someone phisicaly or do something close to that, you hurt people around you also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a fifteen year old jewish boy from new york named Jack Raab, who lived during World War 1. He wanted more than anything to be in the army and kill Hitler for his torture of the jews. The book takes you through his adventures as a gunner on a b-17 bomber, and his journey as a POW. I really enjoyed reading this book and strongly reccommend it for anyone who likes war stories or a good adventure. Trey Smith
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, The Last Mission by Harry Mazer is a excellent book that portrays the events that happens inside of the bombers during World War Two. This book has a good amount of action but could use some more parts when they were in the bombers. The book starts out with 15 year old Jack Raab, a jew, who wants to go to the U.S. Air Corps. to get back at hitler for doing what he did to his native people. He steals his brothers birth certificate to pose as an 18 year old. He gets in and makes some good friends and loses some friends at the same time. Jack also has to deal with Nazis later on in the book. I dont want to give away the surprise of what happens so I reccomend you should just go out and read this classic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a book about war and life experiences then The Last Mission would be the right book for you. It¿s 1944 and world war two is in full swing, a young teenager named Jack Raab, risk his life to protect his country and serve in the U.S. Air Corps. The only problem was he was only fifteen years old when he went to serve in the Air Corps which was against the law. The way he got in was that he disguises himself to look like he was over 18. Jack was so tall that no one guessed he was under 18. With the encouragement of his friends Chuckie, Dave, Billy, and Paul and the love of his one and only Dotty, he battles the Natzis and defends his nation. Everything was going O.K. until his plane went down during battle. He manages to survive but he was immediately capture by Natzi soldiers and was held as a prisoner at one of the German¿s POW camps. Jack must now have to find a way to survive in this miserable captivity and the only way if he wanted to live is to find a way out and to get free. The Last Mission is a fantastic historical novel about courage, trust, and bravery that leaves you suspended in every chapter of the book. As I would read the story, I felt like I was in the situation with Jack as when he was flying up in the cold air, the sweat trickling down his neck if he was either going to live or die. Situations like these made it very hard for me to put the book down because I was always worried what¿s going to happen next. The Last Mission is grabbing, suspenseful, and even sometimes funny. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like t o feel what it¿s like to have bravery inside them or what it like to battle in world war two The moral of this story is that ¿no soldier is left behind even if it means death.¿ It influenced me to be more confident in myself and I hope that anyone who reads this will feel the same way too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book about wwII when jack gets into the air force using his brothers birth certificate and he has an amazing adventure
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Its a great read theu cuss alot though
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Unforgetible
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I read this for abook report. I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book.!!!!!!!!!!!
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15wardc More than 1 year ago
I thought the book ¿The Last Mission¿ was a very interesting book. It had a attention-grabbing introduction and made me want to keep reading. I went through the book quickly and when I finished, I couldn¿t believe it was over. Jack is a very brave hearted warrior and has a lot of courage to be in the war at sixteen. It was so sad when Jack¿s plane got shot down and his crew died. I kind of saw it coming because it was the twenty-forth or twenty-fifth invasion. I was very interested in this book and would love to read another book by Harry Mazer. War novels are one of my favorite types of books. Harry Mazer is a good author and should continue writing.
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