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


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...

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...

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!)

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...

Kales rated it ★★★☆☆

December 14, 2017

I wanted more from this book. I enjoyed the subject and the characters. Their development was fantastic. It was a fascinating part of history that I knew nothing about. But it went too fast. I could have read another 200 pages about this. I wanted more depth and grit. Sometimes the speed was inte...

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.

Daphne rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2017

Great book, I knew nothing about the Russian side of World War II. I love how strong these young women were. It is very sad to see what children were going through during this terrible time.

Stephanie rated it ★★★☆☆

July 19, 2017

During the Seige of Stalingrad, sixteen-year-old Valentina Baskova – Valya – finds she is alone. Her father, a Russian pilot is MIA, her grandmother was killed during an explosion, her sister Tatyana has gone to join the Night Witches (a battalion of young women pilots), and her mother was killed...

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