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Sunward I've Climbed: A Novel... Based on the True Story of Yvette Hamel and the 371st Fighter Group
     

Sunward I've Climbed: A Novel... Based on the True Story of Yvette Hamel and the 371st Fighter Group

by Annie Laurie Morgan
 
A young French girl is horribly wounded in the German counterattack after D-Day in Normandy. Her life is saved by U.S. airmen and military doctors, who adopt her and see to her rehabilitation. They encourage her to believe that life can go on. In turn, the airmen are inspired by her youthful courage and beauty.

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A young French girl is horribly wounded in the German counterattack after D-Day in Normandy. Her life is saved by U.S. airmen and military doctors, who adopt her and see to her rehabilitation. They encourage her to believe that life can go on. In turn, the airmen are inspired by her youthful courage and beauty.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During WW II, French teenager Yvette Hamel lost both legs and nearly her right arm after she was hit by a German bomb intended for an American artillery unit that was occupying her parents' Normandy farm. This first novel is based so closely on the true story of Yvette that its heroine is named Yvette Hamel. It offers a moving and inspirational account of the accident and of the young woman's remarkable recovery, which was hastened by the American pilots, doctors and medics who befriended her. Circumventing military regulations that prohibited involvement with civilians, members of the 371st Fighter Group ``adopted'' Yvette after the bombing, constructing a special tent for her and, later, escorting her to hospitals as fighting raged on. After the war, in a Paris rehabilitation center, Yvette learned to walk again, with prosthetics, and regained the use of her arm. Morgan, who has thoroughly researched Yvette's story, charts the often grim wartime fates of her heroine's 11 siblings and details how Yvette's budding romance with an American doctor was cut short by his tragic death. An epilogue explains that, in the early '80s, Yvette was reunited with ``the people she loved'' at a veterans' reunion in Louisiana. This straightforward, simply told tale of her ordeal and courage will appeal to both an adult and a young-adult readership. Photos. (July)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-Romance and medical success brighten the depiction of behind-the-lines World War II drama in France. Hitler's artillery, counterattacking American forces headquartered on a Normandy farm, seriously wounds teenaged Yvette Hamelby as she milks her cows. The Americans transport her to a field hospital; when it is moved, her care is assumed by Colonel Klein's 371st Fighter Group. Eventually, she is able to manipulate her right arm and walk on artificial limbs. The young woman's courage, the ongoing affection between her and the 371st, her trauma at losing friends who do not return from battle, the tenacity with which she faces her medical problems, her postwar reunion with the surviving pilots years later all shout YES to life. Teens seeking ``a book about someone like me'' set in the recent past should delight in this historical account.-Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881320173
Publisher:
River City Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.83(h) x 1.16(d)

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