A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen Of The Soviet Union In World War II

ISBN-10: 0062453033
ISBN-13: 9780062453037
Author: Wein, Elizabeth
Interest Level: 8-12
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 2020

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 400

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Interest Level

Grades 8-12

Reading Level

Accelerated Reader Level: 8.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 14.0

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Transportation / Aviation *

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.
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YALSA Award For Excellence In Nonfiction For Young Adults Grades 6-8