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Annotation: Through interwoven narratives and personal stories, conveys the teamwork required to launch World War II's Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944--a.k.a. D-Day--which turned the tide in the fight against totalitarianism.
Catalog Number: #193161
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 322 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-24572-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-24572-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019012188
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Gratz (Grenade) delivers a tautly paced and multifaceted portrait of the D-Day invasion. This powerful historical novel begins just before dawn on June 6, 1944, as two American soldiers, 16-year-old Dee, from Philadelphia by way of Germany, and 17-year-old Sid, a Jewish American from New York, plunge from their boats into the chaos of the English Channel to storm the Normandy beaches. The nonstop, alternating narrative traces the invasion from diverse points of view, including French-Algerian Samira, 11, the daughter of a French Resistance member; Cree Indian Lance Corporal Sam, from Quebec; and African-American medic Henry, a 20-year-old corporal from Chicago. Gratz balances the carnage and fear of war with acts of bravery and heroism, and a plotline involving Dee-s status as a German immigrant heightens the tension as he fights against his former homeland and attempts to conceal his heritage. This gripping novel, set in a single day, about a WWII turning point offers memorable insights into the contributions and alliances of everyday people. Ages 8-12. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Oct.)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Gratz's (Grenade, 2018) latest novel memorably tells the story of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France, through the eyes of a disparate cast of characters, all of whom are de facto allies. They are 11-year-old Samira, a French Algerian whose mother is a spy; Canadian paratrooper James McKay; British tank driver Bill Richards; African American medic Henry Allen; 13-year-old Monique Marchand; war correspondent Dorothy Powell; and, most significantly, 16-year-old Dee Carpenter and his best friend, Sid Jacobstein. The last two are in the front line of the Omaha Beach invasion, experiencing firsthand the hell that was D-Day. Gratz does a brilliant job of bringing the invasion to visceral life. Noting that D-Day itself was a tremendous victory for the Allies, Gratz acknowledges the taking of Omaha Beach was a near disaster, which saw some 4,500 Allied deaths. Though they are best friends, Dee keeps a closely guarded secret from his Jewish comrade: he is a German whose parents are political refugees. Now Dee is determined to return to Germany to defeat Hitler. This is only one element of dramatic tension that keeps the pages of this novel's suspenseful account turning. It's a tour de force of war fiction.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Gratz's best-selling historical fiction doesn't stay on the shelf long; expect the same from his latest.
Word Count: 55,970
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 503736 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q77662

A New York Times bestseller!

Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.

Welcome to D-Day.

Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.

But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.

In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?

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