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|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
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...
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...
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...
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...
May 11, 2017
Review to come
(I really will get around to writing this review, I swear!)
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...