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Elliott, Laura
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2001
ISBN 0786807555

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Imagine that you are only 19 years old and are a fighter pilot.  It is 1944 and you are on your 15th bombing mission headed to Germany when your plane is shot down over war torn France.  You parachute out of the plane but on the way down your chute is hit by machine gun fire.  You land in a snowdrift with a badly injured left leg.  You have no idea whether you are in Germany, France or Switzerland.  You are completely on your own.  This is the setting for the book Under the War Torn Sky.  Henry, the young pilot, struggles to escape from the Germans with the help of the brave and kind members of the French Resistance, making this a very exciting story.  (Jean Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003)

Booktalk #2

It is 1944 and American copilot, Henry Forester, has been shot down.  He is injured, alone in a strange country, and knows he must find a way back to England.  But how?
                    His story began as his squadron is on a mission to Germany.  However, when they reach France German planes attack.  Fighting with all they've got, the crew of Henry's plane is finally forced to bail out.  As he is going down in his parachute, Henry watches as his friend, Dan the plane's pilot is shot while parachuting to safety.  Now the German plane attacks him.  His parachute is ripped through by machine gun bullets and is tearing apart.  All he can think of is "will it hold long enough to get him to the ground?" Miraculously he survives!  Henry is injured, does not know where he is, but knows west is the way home.
                    An old teacher who helps him begin he journey to safety finds him. He faces many challenges, however, he is determine to get home.
                    Does he make it home?  What kind of challenges does he meet?  The only way to find out is to read this action packed book!  (Rebecca Hopper,, Great Falls Middle School, Great Falls, SC)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France -- Fiction.
                        France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Fiction.
                        Air pilots -- Fiction.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations -- Fiction.
                        Guerrilla warfare -- Fiction.
                         War -- Fiction.


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