Black Dove, White Raven

Black Dove, White Raven

by Elizabeth Wein


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Emilia's and Teo's lives changed in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brought down the plane their stunt-pilot mothers were flying. Teo's mother died immediately, but Em's survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother's wishes-in a place where he won't be discriminated against because of the color of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.

Seeking a home where her children won't be held back by ethnicity or gender, Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia, and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their devotion to their country, its culture and people, and each other be their downfall...or their salvation?

In the tradition of her award-winning and best-selling Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein brings us another thrilling and deeply affecting novel that explores the bonds of friendship, the resilience of young pilots, and the strength of the human spirit.

Praise for Black Dove, White Raven

* "Wein brings this fascinating period in history to life with several well-engineered plot twists, lots of high-flying, nail-biting tension, and meticulous research."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Like Em and Teo's tangled history, Ethiopia's is an intricate crosshatch of tradition, progress, conflict, and rich heritage, and Wein gracefully pilots both piercing stories, highlighting the unique circumstances of Ethiopia in the 1930s and the ubiquitous experience of two teens trying to find their places in the world."
- Booklist, starred review

* "Highly recommended for all libraries, especially where her previous titles have flown off the shelves."
- School Library Journal, starred review

"[Wein] plaits together the historical record, her passion for flying and ferociously vivid characters to create a heartbreaking adventure that grounds readers in the moment even as geopolitical complexity threatens to knock them off their feet. . . . Unforgettable."
- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Rose Under Fire

* "[A]t the core of this novel is the resilience of human nature and the power of friendship and hope."
- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "At once heartbreaking and hopeful, Rose Under Fire will stay with readers long after they have finished the last page."
- VOYA, stared review

Praise for Code Name Verity

*"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

* "If you pick up this book, it will be some time before you put your dog-eared, tear-stained copy back down."
- Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423185239
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 780,428
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is an avid flier of small planes, and holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth is the author of Rose Under Fire, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, and Code Name Verity, winner of the Edgar Award in the Young Adult category and a Printz Medal Honor Book. Visit her online at

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