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A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

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Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II--from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity

In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment--nicknamed the "night witches"--faced intense pressure and obstacles both in the sky and on the ground. Some of these young women perished in flames. Many of them were in their teens when they went to war.

This is the story of Raskova's three regiments, women who enlisted and were deployed on the front lines of battle as navigators, pilots, and mechanics. It is the story of a thousand young women who wanted to take flight to defend their country, and the woman who brought them together in the sky.

Packed with black-and-white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, A Thousand Sisters is the inspiring true story of a group of women who set out to change the world, and the sisterhood they formed even amid the destruction of war.

Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Published: 01/22/2019
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.00h x 5.90w x 1.70d
ISBN: 9780062453013
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 8.1
Point Value: 14
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 512160 / Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

Award: Yalsa Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults - Finalist

Review Citation(s):
BookPage 02/01/2019
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2018
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2018
Publishers Weekly 11/19/2018
Booklist 12/01/2018 pg. 41
School Library Journal 12/01/2018 pg. 92
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2019 pg. 150
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average
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