Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Review Under a War-Torn Sky

Last week I read Under a War Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott published in 2001 and written for young adults.

Elliott based her historical fiction on her father's experiences during WWII and on the courage and experiences of the French Resistance fighters. She stays true to the language of the time, and they few swear words it contains are used in context.

This is a book that I think teen boys and any adult would like - or any teen or adult who is into WWII stories. It is well written, and some scenes are scary and sad. Considering what people went through during WWII, it is easy to understand why the people of that time are called the greatest generation. I don't know how so many survived so many horrible experiences. The story is set in France, behind enemy lines with Henry being a downed bomber pilot trying to get back to the Allied forces.

I loved the ending of this story - have a box of tissues handy because you will need them. I also loved the emotional growth of the main character, Henry Forrester. He went through a lot as a child because of his father, but his understanding of his father grows as he endures and continues to survive. Henry is the type of guy you would want to have come to dinner - he is good folk.

This book reminded me of Primo Levi's If Not Now, When? published in 1982, which was written for adults. Primo Levi is a masterful writer who survived the Holocaust and Auschwitz. His story is of Jewish Resistance fighters who made their way from Russia to Italy.

Elliot's novel also reminded me of Susan Campbell Bartoletti's novel, The Boy Who Dared, which is based on the true story of Hitler Youth and written for early middle school students. 

All three of theses books remind us that in dark times, there are good people willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to destroy evil and restore good. These books can help us find the courage and strength within to face our own personal battles. 

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