Night Witches: A Novel of World War Two by Kathryn Lasky

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Read Night Witches: A Novel of World War Two Online Free - Sixteen-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, Valya’s 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 Night Witches—a regiment of female pilots who fly light plains through curtains of fire to bomb crucial targets.

Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockade and find the Night Witches’ hidden base. That’s when the real danger starts. The pilots have been assigned a critical mission, one with the power to inflict serious damage on the Nazis. Valya will give anything to fight for her country, but when the person she loves most goes missing, she must make a choice between duty and the deepest desires of her heart.



Title : Night Witches: A Novel of World War Two
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ISBN : 0545682983
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Reviews


viktoria rated it ★★★☆☆

May 23, 2017

tl;dr: This book was so flipping interesting. It occurred to me, somewhere around the first quarter, that I had never read a WWII fiction book that took place in the USSR/Russia and I need to read more in the future, because the combination of that and Night Witches fascinated me so much. Plus, I...


Alex rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2017

It 1941, and the Nazi have just begun Operation Barbarossa, their invasion of Russia. Nazi soldier have surrounded Stalingrad on three sides (the fourth side is the Volga River), making it impossible for people and supplies to get in or out of the city. After her mother was killed by a Nazi snipe...


Barbara rated it ★★★☆☆

July 11, 2017

Until I read this book, I knew absolutely nothing about the women pilots who helped wage war against the Nazis on behalf of Russia during WWII. Dubbed the Night Witches because that's the time when they flew their missions, these women made a real difference in the direction the war was taking. T...


Courtney rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 01, 2017

The protaganist was a bit too "Western" in her thinking for her to be a believable Russian Night Witch. I was also disappointed in the author's writing, there was no suspense. The story was definitely told, not shown, with no real tension built. It was basically written as "and then, and then, an...


Cassi rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2017

When I first learned about this book I knew that I needed to read it. It's totally up my alley. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and I love unique kinds of WWII stories and books set in Russia. I got all of these things in the course of this book. It was everything I hoped it would be and it...


Sarah rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 05, 2017

I enjoyed this as an introduction to a fascinating topic, but the author managed to take a fantastic, interesting topic and turn it into a bland middle-school report. There were glimmers of lovely prose through out, but not enough to elevate the rest of the book.


David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party rated it ★★★★☆

May 11, 2017

Review to come (I really will get around to writing this review, I swear!)


Cindy rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2017

Lasky, Kathryn Night Witches: a novel of World War II, 224 pages. Scholastic, MARCH 2017. Language: G; Mature Content: PG (some very mild racy talk); Violence: PG (war deaths). Valya, 16, desperately wants to help protect her city of Stalingrad during the attempted Nazi invasion of World War II, b...


Krystel rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 02, 2017

I had no idea that Russian women flew bombing missions during WWII. I'm intrigued by the subject and liked getting the Russian perspective on that period of history, but the execution left something to be desired. I think in the end I would have been happier with a non-fiction title about the Nig...


Suz rated it ★★★★☆

July 08, 2017

Told as the personal recollections of sixteen-year-old "Valya," Night Witches is the story of the brave female pilots who helped the Russians defeat the Nazi invasion during World War II. Valya and her family are in Stalingrad when it is besieged by the Nazis. Her father is a pilot, MIA. Her sist...





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