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Under a war-torn sky / L.M. Elliott.

By: Elliott, Laura, 1957-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Hyperion Books For Children, c2001Edition: 1st ed.ISBN: 0786807555 (trade); 9780786807550 (trade); 0786824859 (library); 9780786824854 (library); 0786817240; 9780786817245; 0786817534 (pbk.); 9780786817535 (pbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France -- Juvenile fiction | France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.Summary: After his plane is shot down by Hitler's Luftwaffe, nineteen-year-old Henry Forester of Richmond, Virginia, strives to walk across occupied France, with the help of the French Resistance, in hopes of rejoining his unit.
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CML Adolescent Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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DL152FI The fire within / E115H Half magic. E115M Magic or not? E468un Under a war-torn sky / E564NE The neverending story / E57E Enchantress from the stars. E583en Enchanted air :

Sequel: A troubled peace.

After his plane is shot down by Hitler's Luftwaffe, nineteen-year-old Henry Forester of Richmond, Virginia, strives to walk across occupied France, with the help of the French Resistance, in hopes of rejoining his unit.

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Gr 7 Up-In 1944, 19-year-old Hank is an American pilot flying his 15th bombing mission when his plane is shot down over Alsace, near the Swiss border. Locals assist him in getting to neutral territory. There, a Red Cross doctor advises him to attempt an escape from Europe across France with the help of the French Resistance. Hank's many adventures as he makes his way toward home and freedom comprise the rest of the story. This is a gritty, unblinking look at the horrors that the Nazis visited upon France during the occupation. Hank is a smart, strong, and courageous character who survives under the worst of conditions. He becomes closely acquainted with death as he sees men killed and learns that he, too, must kill in order to survive. As likable as he is, Hank is almost too good to be true. But the real heroes of the story are the French civilians who help Hank and many Allied soldiers like him to escape from the Nazis. There is a fair amount of French mixed into the telling of these stories. While this does lend authenticity, it may prove daunting to readers unfamiliar with the language. The ending seems rather romanticized, but the author's afterword explains that the story is based on some of her own father's experiences. Readers with an interest in warfare and adventure will find a sure winner here. Pair this novel with Don Wulffson's Soldier X (Viking, 2001) for a comparison with life as a young German soldier.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Laura Malone Elliott was a staff reporter for the Washingtonian Magazine and wrote two adult non-fiction books before turning to children's books. She writes historical novels under the name L. M. Elliott and writes picture books illustrated by Lynn Munsinger under her full name. Her books written as L. M. Elliott include A Troubled Peace, Across a War-Tossed Sea, Give Me Liberty, Flying South, and Da Vinci's Tiger. Under a War-Torn Sky won the Borders' Original Voices Award. Her picture books written as Laura Malone Elliott include Hunter's Best Friend at School, Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown, Hunter's Big Sister, A String of Hearts, and Thanksgiving Day Thanks. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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