To Touch the Stars: A Story of World War II

To Touch the Stars: A Story of World War II

by Karen Zeinert
     
 

Bring history to life with compelling stories,
sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity

  • Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle school social studies classes
  • Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improve comprehension of historical fiction
  • Strong multicultural
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Overview

Bring history to life with compelling stories,
sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity

  • Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle school social studies classes
  • Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improve comprehension of historical fiction
  • Strong multicultural flavor reflects the rich tapestry of our shared
    American heritages

Jamestown's American Portraits, a saga of American families and friends,
traces the history of America from the founding of Jamestown to the Civil
Rights Movement. This is a unique, enriching series designed to teach reading strategies appropriate for historical novels used in middle school reading, language arts, or social studies classes.

  • Reading Level 5-8
  • Interest Level 6-8

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Part of the "Jamestown American Portrait" series, this edition tells the fictional story of Liz Erikson, an 18-year-old girl from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, who dreams of being an airplane pilot. The year is 1942 and World War II is in full swing. Liz lives with her father and brother, James, who tells part of the story. Liz' mother was a pilot herself, something special for those early days. She died when her plane crashed in a storm causing speculation on her abilities. Through a friend, Liz learns about a government program that trains women to fly planes between army bases to free much needed male pilots to concentrate on the war effort. Liz applies for and wins a place in the next class, but it means leaving her family behind and traveling to a base in Texas for training. The story follows Liz through her training and her relationship with her family, left behind. Liz graduates and in the process discovers something special about her mother. An afterword includes black and white photos and a description of actual women who served as ferrying pilots during World War II. This book is aligned to national standards and includes a web site for further information. 2004 (orig. 2000), Waterbird Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In Heaven, the appalling conditions of the New York City sweatshops at the turn of the 20th century and the plight of young immigrant girls come to life as 14-year-old Gina Petrosino struggles with her sense of familial duty and her strong desires to further her education. Gina is an appealing protagonist, frustrated with the limited choices open to her and wanting independence while remaining part of the strict Italian family that she loves. Similarly, in Stars, 18-year-old Liz Erickson struggles for independence and career options in 1942, when women fought the war as well as societal attitudes. Expected to be polite and pretty, Liz prefers to fly airplanes. She is trying to cope with her pilot mother's mysterious death two years earlier, and has recently learned that someone has been sabotaging the Women's Airforce Service Pilots military program. Fascinating facts, exciting descriptions of flying, and a courageous main character contrast sharply with the stilted dialogue that imparts information but sounds nothing like realistic conversation. Despite the Nancy Drew-like prose, the story is compelling. Zeinert includes an excellent historical afterword, complete with photos of the main training facility.-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809206308
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
02/12/2001
Series:
JT: Fiction Based Reading Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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