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On the Wings of Heroesby Richard Peck
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The year is 1942, and Norway is under Nazi occupation. Twelve-year-old Marit has decided to take action, despite her grandfathers warnings. But will her plan work? Can she really complete her part of this secret code? And even if she can, would it make any difference to the Resistance?
As this novel reveals what Norwegian people did to preserve their dignity and freedoms, it uncovers a startling statistic: the German secret police systematically rounded up one teacher in ten and sent them to concentration camps for their refusal to teach Nazi propaganda to Norwegian schoolchildren. Set on an island of sturdy fishing trawlers and brightly painted homes, with smells of kelp and salt water, here is a riveting novel about risks taken, secrets kept, and, always, questions about whom to trust.
In his 30th novel for young adults, Newbery Medalist Peck delivers a tender, poignant, and unforgettable story about a young boy growing up on the homefront during World War II.
A thrilling, action-packed story of heroism and perserverance of the Norwegian resistance during WWII.
This absorbing novel about the Norwegian resistance during WWII is as informative as it is riveting. An action-driven story of heroism and perserverance, this book captivates, while shedding light on a region often overlooked in WWII fiction.
The year is 1942, and Norway is under Nazi occupation. Despite her grandfathers
warnings, twelve-year-old Marit has decided to take action. Through her eyes, readers
experience the untold story of Norwegians resistance and their response to the arrest
of schoolteachers for their refusal to teach Nazi propaganda to Norwegian schoolchildren.
Set on an island of fishing trawlers, this novel is about risks taken, secrets kept,
and questions about whom to trust.
Davy Bowmans dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davys brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davys homefront boyhood. Bill has joined up, breaking their dads heart. Its an intense, confusing time, and one that will spur Davy to grow up in a hurry. This is one of Richard Pecks finest novels—a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II home front and a familys enduring love.
About the Author
Richard Peck lives in New York City.
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