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Under a War-Torn Sky

Under a War-Torn Sky

Written by L. M. Elliott

Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley


Under a War-Torn Sky

Written by L. M. Elliott

Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley

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4/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
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Released:
Nov 25, 2014
ISBN:
9781494576578
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Description

When Henry Forester is shot down during a bombing run over France, the World War II pilot finds himself trapped behind enemy lines. In constant danger of discovery by German soldiers, Henry begins a remarkable journey to freedom. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Henry moves from town to town-traveling by moonlight, never asking questions or even the names of the people who help him along the way. Each day brings him closer to home, yet every step in enemy territory invites new dangers.

Even as Henry fights for his own life, he quickly grows to realize the peril that surrounds all of the French people and to admire the courage of the freedom fighters who risk death to protect him. Suspenseful and achingly true, this critically acclaimed and deeply beloved novel explores the heartbreak of war, the strength of the human spirit, and one young man's struggle to protect the things he loves.
Publisher:
Released:
Nov 25, 2014
ISBN:
9781494576578
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

L. M. Elliott is the New York Times bestselling author of Da Vinci’s Tiger; Under a War-Torn Sky; A Troubled Peace; Across a War-Tossed Sea; Annie, Between the States; Give Me Liberty; Flying South; and Hamilton and Peggy! She lives in Virginia with her family. You can visit her online at www.lmelliott.com.

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  • (5/5)
    Amazingly told. I learned things about the war I never knew. This was from the prospective of the resistance in France.
  • (2/5)
    This should have been more exciting than it was, but I think part of that was that the narrator was not a good fit. Also, I disliked that it changed from third-person limited to third-person omniscient in the last chapter.
  • (3/5)
    The story of a young Virginian pilot shot down during WW2 and his experiences while he tried to make it back to Allied territory.
  • (3/5)
    It was a good book, but not my favorite. Definitely not a waste, lots of history, altogether a good book.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the best war stories that I have read. Because Henry is only 19 years old, it is suitable for younger readers. I have recommended it to numerous Grade 7 and 8 boys who have really enjoyed it. Shot down behind enemy lines in France during WWII, Henry is helped by the French Resistence. An excellent historical fiction filled with danger, suspense, heartbreak, and romance.
  • (4/5)
    This novel centers around Hank, a pilot in WW2 whose plane goes down behind enemy lines. On his journey home, he encounters a multitude of people, most of which have a mind to help him, and is kept safe from danger by complete and total strangers. All of these people have distinct personalities, and every one has their own past and goals for the future. I believe this plethora of well-rounded characters and a vast array of settings are what give this book its great appeal. One of the aspects of this book that really connected me to it was the poem which Hank has hung beside his bunk back at the base. It was written by an anonymous pilot, and this poem was read at my grandfather's funeral. He was a pilot in WW2, and had always loved to fly. Elliott put a lot of effort into writing this book, as she always does, and her extensive research really shows.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this YA historical fiction book. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel (A Troubled Peace). The story follows Henry, a 19 year old American pilot during WWII, who gets shot down behind enemy lines and has to depend on the courage and generosity of others to keep him safe from the Nazis and others.The struggle seems real enough. Elliott wrote from the experiences of her own grandfather and others to composite Henry's story. His will to live and return home and his disgust at what he has had to do to survive rings true. This is what good historical fiction is....it draws you in to the story and teaches you about that time period without being dull and forcing it on you. Through Henry's life, we get a small sense of the horrors of WWII and also the many people who chose to fight against the evil and risked their own lives doing so.Ever since I read "All Quiet on the Western Front" in high school, I've been a big fan of learning history through stories like these. "Under a War-Torn Sky" does an excellent job of mixing adventure, horrors, heroes, and survival with the true history of WWII. A great book!
  • (3/5)
    A young airman's courageous journey to get back home after his plane was shot down by the Germans. His survival was largely due to the brave people who put their own lives at risk to make sure that he was able to see his own parents again.