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A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by [Elizabeth Wein]
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Length: 362 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—From Wein, author of Code Name Verity, comes a nonfiction account of the women pilots of the Soviet Union. Starting prior to World War II, Wein describes how aviation became a hobby and passion for many young women in the Soviet Union. When World War II started, life under the Soviet system meant women could serve as pilots, theoretically equal to men, in the war effort. Wein provides a meticulously detailed account of Marina Raskova's Aviation Regiments: the 586th Fighter Aviation Regiment, the 587th Bomber Aviation Regiment, and the 588th Night Bomber Aviation Regiment. These three were largely staffed with women volunteers and fought on the frontlines of the war. The author provides an intimate look at the pilots' lives, both personal and military, as they work to defeat the Nazis. Likewise, Wein does not shy away from describing the difficult and often terrifying aspects of living under Stalin, including descriptions of man-made famines and the Great Purge. Some readers may have difficulty keeping track of all of the figures, but Raskova often acts as an anchor to assist readers in following the numerous and complex accounts. VERDICT Recommend this richly detailed work of nonfiction to fans of Monica Hesse and Wein's historical fiction.—Kaetlyn Phillips, Yorkton, Sask. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


''What a writer! And an historian, too! Told through the superbly researched, powerful and poignant stories of the women involved, Elizabeth Wein gives due to the Soviet Union's valiant women flyers of World War II. '' --Candace Fleming, author of The Family Romanov

''Wein details the complex and inspiring story of the only women combat pilots of World War II...For readers invested in military and/or feminist history, this important book soars.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Thrilling stories packed with lively detail, and the fascinating topic, still relatively unknown, should lure a broad range of readers.'' --Booklist

''Engrossing...Readers will be impressed by [Wein's] clear, casual style and her affecting introduction to these courageous, determined pilots, mechanics, and navigators.'' --Publishers Weekly

''An intimate look at the pilots' lives, both personal and military, as they work to defeat the Nazis...Recommend this richly detailed work of nonfiction to fans of Monica Hesse and Wein's historical fiction.'' --School Library Journal --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : January 22, 2019
  • Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Illustrated Edition (January 22, 2019)
  • ASIN : B078GQ5PTX
  • File Size : 11898 KB
  • Print Length : 362 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 15 ratings