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A Time for War

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On June 6, 1944, Private First Class Michael Donovan and 13,000 U.S. Paratroopers soar over the English Channel toward their Drop Zone in enemy-occupied France. Their mission: capture the town of Carentan from the Germans and secure an operations base for Allied forces. Suddenly, the sky explodes with anti-aircraft fire, and Donovan's C-47 Skytrain is hit! Within moments, the troops exit the aircraft and plummet toward a deadly destination. On the ground, Donovan finds himself alone in the Lion's Den without ...
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Overview

On June 6, 1944, Private First Class Michael Donovan and 13,000 U.S. Paratroopers soar over the English Channel toward their Drop Zone in enemy-occupied France. Their mission: capture the town of Carentan from the Germans and secure an operations base for Allied forces. Suddenly, the sky explodes with anti-aircraft fire, and Donovan's C-47 Skytrain is hit! Within moments, the troops exit the aircraft and plummet toward a deadly destination. On the ground, Donovan finds himself alone in the Lion's Den without food, shelter, or a weapon. In order to survive, the rookie soldier must rely on his instincts and locate his platoon before time runs out.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kip Wilson
One of titles in the "Bloodlines" series, this book presents the information in an engaging format that is part comic book, part novel, and part textbook. This series introduces readers to the life of a specific soldier in wartime—all members of the Donovan family tree—as they face the realistic conditions of war, including the deaths of fellow soldiers. This particular book launches readers into Private First Class Michael Donovan's world as he jumps into France from his C-47 Skytrain on D-Day during World War II. Readers will immediately be thrown into the action of Donovan's story as he waits in the plane with his unit as flak explodes all around them, then jumps from the plane right before it explodes. The subsequent chapters are likewise tense, as Donovan hides in a house after landing far from his unit until German soldiers arrive. Readers will share Donovan's anxiety as he feels cowardly for hiding, and will feel vindicated as he gathers courage from Sergeant Anness—a soldier he deeply respects—as they begin to advance through France. The book ends with Donovan about to head off to another battle, his future uncertain but his courage clear. Although the motivation presented for D-Day is a bit more Hollywood-esque (fighting the Nazis and stopping the Holocaust) than the reality (fighting the Wehrmacht and stopping the war and destruction), the action and personal story successfully bring the history behind it to life, providing a great springboard for young readers wanting to learn about World War II. Reviewer: Kip Wilson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434230973
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 77
  • Sales rank: 589,061
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has written comics for Marvel, Radical, Image, and Dark Horse. His recent work includes America's Army: The Graphic Novel, Earp: Saint for Sinners, and the second book in the SOCOM: SEAL Team Seven trilogy.
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Table of Contents

Personnel File PFC Mike Donovan 6

Chapter 1 The Drop 8

Chapter 2 Isolation 24

Chapter 3 Courage 42

Chapter 4 Get Up and Fire 54

Chapter 5 Into the Unknown 74

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