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Allies Hardcover – October 15, 2019
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A New York Times bestseller!Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.Welcome to D-Day.Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?
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Praise for Allies:* "A tour de force of war fiction." -- Booklist, starred review* "Both an excellent, inclusive narration of important historical events and a fast-paced, entertaining read." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "A tautly paced and multifaceted portrait. . . . This gripping novel offers memorable insights into the contributions and alliances of everyday people." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "A vivid and detailed snapshot of the D-Day Invasion from multiple complex and diverse characters . . . meticulously researched [and] honest." -- School Library Journal, starred reviewPraise for Grenade:* "Told by both young men, the story is gripping from start to finish as each encounters ambushes, engages in battles and experiences their devastating aftermath, and mourns the plight of innocent civilians caught in the middle. Impossible to put down, the story unapologetically demonstrates how war affects people emotionally and physically. . . . Action fans will have this flying off the shelves." -- Booklist, starred review"The plot is suspenseful and the characters sympathetic." -- Horn Book"Intense and fast-paced, this is a compelling, dark, yet ultimately heartening wartime story." -- Kirkus Reviews"Gratz (Refugee) depicts the events and fallout of WWII's 'Love Day' while exploring the emotional and cultural damages of war." -- Publishers Weekly"Chilling." -- School Library Journal"The book illustrates the horrors of war and the narrators' dual realization that the enemy is a person, too. This is a sad and compelling story that sheds some light on a battle that is rarely mentioned in books written for juvenile readers. . . . Highly Recommended." -- School Library ConnectionPraise for Refugee:An Amazon Best Book of the YearA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Kirkus Best Book of the YearA Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection"Unflinching and sympathetic." -- The New York Times"Grade A: A stunning, poignant novel." -- Entertainment Weekly"Harrowing, timely." -- People Magazine"A gripping, visceral, and hold-your-breath intense story." -- John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars* "Gratz accomplishes a feat that is nothing short of brilliant, offering a skillfully wrought narrative laced with global and intergenerational reverberations that signal hope for the future... Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "[A] hard-hitting novel... Filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises, underscoring that these journeys are born out of a desperate need for security and safety." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review"Gratz, who is known for well-written and well-researched historical fiction, doesn't disappoint. His latest is timely and moving... This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today's refugee crisis. Meant to be read, discussed, and shared widely." -- School Library Journal"Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both." -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys"This heart-stopping novel is not only compelling -- it is necessary." -- Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied"An incredibly important, heartrending, edge-of-the-seat read, bringing light to the plight of immigrants who search for safety and freedom." -- Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book Echo"With urgent, clear-eyed storytelling, Gratz's Refugee compellingly explores the desperation and strength that unites those struggling for a place to call home." -- Eliot Schrefer, New York Times bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist of Rescued and Endangered"Full of struggle, heroism, and non-stop adventure, Refugee is not only an important book, it's a terrific story." -- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book The War That Saved My Life"Powerful and compelling. Refugee is a story about what unites us all." -- Christina Diaz Gonzalez, award-winning author of Moving TargetPraise for Projekt 1065:* "While the book is replete with fascinating historical insight, Gratz has also crafted a suspenseful mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With short, action-packed chapters, it is a great choice for reluctant readers as well... A winning combination of action, suspense, and historical setting." -- School Library Journal, starred review* "A rare insider's glimpse into the Hitler Youth: animated, well-researched, and thought-provoking." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review"[A] high-action spy thriller." -- BooklistPraise for Code of Honor:"Readers will be swept up by both the intrigue and the rapid pacing... Kamran is a smart and sympathetic narrator, and readers will be happy to spend time with him in this action-packed thriller." -- Kirkus Reviews"Exciting, at times ripped from the headlines, and scary, this cinematic work has layers of intrigue and danger in each scene... will appeal to a variety of readers and will raise questions about patriotism, loyalty, and trust... A winner." -- School Library Journal"Vivid characters and timely topics, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, contribute to making Code of Honor a first-rate novel." -- Voice of Youth AdvocatesPraise for Prisoner B-3087:A Junior Library Guild SelectionGolden Sower Award, 2014-2015 Winner NebraskaIsinglass Teen Read Award, 2014-2015 Winner New HampshirePennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2014-2015 WinnerJunior Book Award, 2015-2016 Winner South CarolinaGrand Canyon Reader Award, 2015-2016 Winner ArizonaTruman Readers Award, 2015-2016 Winner MissouriReaders Choice Awards, Winner 2015-2016 VirginiaVolunteer State Book Award Winner, 2015-2016 Tennessee"A powerful story, well told." -- School Library Journal"A bone-chilling tale not to be ignored." -- Kirkus Reviews"[A] remarkable survival story." -- Booklist"Gratz ably conveys... fatalism, yearning, and determination in the face of the unimaginable." -- Publishers Weekly"Heartbreaking, gripping, raw, and emotional... storytelling at its finest." -- Voice of Youth Advocates
About the Author
Alan Gratz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Ground Zero, Allies, Grenade,Refugee, Projekt 1065, Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.
- Publisher : Scholastic Press (October 15, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1338245724
- ISBN-13 : 978-1338245721
- Reading age : 10+ years, from customers
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.25 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 27, 2022
My 4th grade son heard of this author in school, and wanted the book so bad. He loves it! We ordered several others from the author. Love the historical aspect and very age appropriate.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 16, 2020
My son selected this book to read with his school instructional support as a means to mimic a high cap program. My son likes to read books on this topic, which I find a little depressing and a little dark...but listening to the thought provoking conversations that tutor and student had over ZOOM....this is highly recommended. I did not read the book, but both tutor and student enjoyed reading it. They were a little sad to move to another book. The conversations that I overhead did a wonderful job of providing historical references (which I find lacking in his schooling so far), portraying how the characters FELT, what motivated them, and in general connecting my son to a world far bigger than greater than within our Covid quarantined city. Not sure how much of this wonderful learning experience was based on the talent and experience of the tutor, but ALLIES provided content that was educational, emotional and allowed the tutor to delve deeper, connect ideas, draw inferences and start predicting outcomes. She was trying to teach him to immerse himself in the reading....not just reading for a reading log.
This was a very successful 'book club' for my son.
This was a very successful 'book club' for my son.
3 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 13, 2021
Bought this for my 12-year-old neighbor boy who doesn’t like to read. Have been having him read the book aloud to me and we have truly been enjoying it. It holds his attention very well. The author has developed the characters to make them relatable and has also given interesting historical details to portray an accurate view to actual significant places in this fictional but realistic account of events. The author is a good storyteller who seems to understand the age group of his audience. It is has been wonderful to hear my doorbell ring and see my young friend standing there with the book under his arm and WANTING to read!
6 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 1, 2021
My 9 year old was completely entrhalled by this book. It's rare that he sits for hours with a novel and reads until he finishes it. He will read encyclpedia type books for hours, but longer prose is not something that has captivated him... until now. He finished the book, said it might be his favorite ever, and immediately wanted to look at Gratz's other titles. He loved the different points of view and noted that it was great to see a book about WWII action that included female characters like this one does. He is pretty well versed in D-Day and WWII history so that might have helped him connect so quickly, but this was a "couldn't put it down" book for sure! We cannot recommend this enough!
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 29, 2021
I am a 6th grader and I recently found Alan Gratz books and these books are my personal favorite books! Allies is an amazingly descriptive book as well as an awesome based story of World War 2! I can get a perfect image in my head of what he is telling me in the book without needing pictures!
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 5, 2020
I don't know about you but when I want to try a series of books for my son, I only buy one or the first one FIRST before buying the "set" thus I started him on Refugee from a school library fundraiser purchase. LOVED it.... long story short he seriously devours these books! Takes them to school for free time, no back talk to get into bed a little earlier for reading time, begging for just 5 more minutes at bedtime - seriously, I just wish there were more - makes the mom or dad job so much easier! So my question would be if your son or daughter loved this series too -where do I go next? Open to suggestions as there is only one left in this series he is about to begin - Code of Honor.... help! :-)
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My son's favorite author!Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on October 25, 2021
"This book was very well written and I really like Alan Gratz." My son asked for this book specifically to do his most recent book report on. He loves this author and has asked us to get him "Ground Zero" for Christmas. It's not easy to get kids excited about reading actual books with the ease of access to "entertainment". That's speaks volumes to have a young person request new books and look forward to reading and re-reading them
Amazing, Interesting, & More...Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on May 26, 2021
One of my favourite books! The book was so interesting! My whole Family Loved it. My Kids even read it at school. Amazing for kids ages 5+. This Book Shows How it felt on the D-day landing, Being Part of the French resistance, and about the paratroopers. Must Read! I Will Gift this to any book lover!
The Book is also amazing in quality!
and perfect size!
The Book is also amazing in quality!
and perfect size!
MADE ME A BOOKWORM FOR 2 DAYS !!!!!Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on January 26, 2021
Just amazing. The way Alan Gratz has portrayed the D-Day makes your adrenaline run. Wasn't able to keep down the book. A must read for book , action and thriller lover..................