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From best-selling and award-winning author Kathryn Lasky comes an explosive adventure following the teen girl fighter pilots who took on Hitler's army...and won.

Fifteen-year-old Valya knows what it feels like to fly. She's a pilot who's always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. But since the Germans surrounded Stalingrad, Valyas been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble.

When her mother is killed during the siege, Valya is left with one burning desire: to join up with her older sister, a member of the famous and feared Night Witches - a brigade of young female pilots. Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockage and find the Night Witches base...and that's when the real danger starts. The women have been assigned a critical mission. If they succeed, they'll inflict serious damage on the Nazis. If they fail, they'll face death...or even worse horrors.

Historical fiction master Lasky sheds light on the wars unsung heroes - daredevil girls who took to the skies to fight for their country - in an action-packed thrill ride that'll leave you electrified and breathless.

©2017 Kathryn Lasky (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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  • Cassey Bennett
  • 05-05-2021

Enjoyable historical fiction

This was a very enjoyable historical fiction. The accents are little wanting, but the story is empowering.

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  • Joy
  • 05-02-2021

Amazing story of Russian women and their role in WWII

Well written and well presented.

I first heard of the women who played an important part in WWII last year when my group read Huntress by Quinn. That’s when I started searching for more.

Ms Lasky has long been a favorite author, so I chose her book. It was a good decision.

She provides characters who are believable and they provide a better idea of the people of Russia and what they endured during the war.

You come away with real respect for women and how far they will go to defend their homeland. These women were real heroes, especially since they had to fight so much more than just the German military machine.

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  • William F. Thornburgh
  • 20-11-2020

Not about flying

My fault for not reading the reviews in more detailed. More of a young adult book.

Some of the premises (rescues) are beyond belief.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-2019

Maybe for adolescents

So disappointing. In the beginning I kept hoping it would develop and to some extent it did. But it was very adolescent in the telling. At the end the story went completely off the rails and hang somewhere in space with unanswered questions . In fact in the one scene I think she stole the idea from Stephen King in one of his books about a writer who is kept prisoner by a woman. In fact I was expecting something like that to happen and the rescue was even more unbelievable. And the ending....like the school books where the underdog comes out on top.

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