A Time for War

A Time for War

by M. Zachary Sherman, Fritz Casas
     
 

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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!… See more details below

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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 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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434230973
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Capstone Bloodlines Series
Pages:
77
Sales rank:
1,370,738
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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