From bestselling and award-winning author Kathryn Lasky comes an explosive adventure following the teen girl fighter pilots who took on Hitler’s army . . . and won.
Fifteen-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 and feared Night Witches — a brigade of young female pilots.
Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockade and find the Night Witches’ base . . . and that’s when the REAL danger starts. The women have been assigned a critical mission. If they succeed, they’ll inflict serious damage on the Nazis. If they fail, they’ll face death . . . or even worse horrors.
Historical fiction master Lasky sheds light on the war’s unsung heroes — daredevil girls who took to the skies to fight for their country — in an action-packed thrill ride that’ll leave you electrified and breathless.
Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series.
She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.
Book 15, The War of the Ember, is currently the last book in the Ga’Hoole series. The Rise of a Legend is the 16th book but is a prequel to the series. Lasky has also written Guide Book To The Great Tree and Lost Tales Of Ga’Hoole which are companion books.
MY DESK: WHAT’S ON IT?
Gosh what’s not on it? Okay to the right of my computer my talismans—Miss Piggy and a stuffy owl, Soren. Can’t go to work without them. Lots of owls all over the place. A coffee cup and a water glass. Have to keep hydrated. I actually don’t drink that much coffee. Rarely finished a whole cup, but I wander in with it from the kitchen once I’ve decided that the news is so abysmally horrible, as it is now, that I have to retreat into a make-believe world—although World War 2 Stalingrad the setting of Night Witches is hardly fantasy land. But hey, I’m finished with that book and just starting a new time travel book about a 21st century girl who travels between Indiana and 16th century England where she serves in the court of Princess Elizabeth who ultimately becomes Queen Elizabeth I. The series is called Mean Queens. I love working on it. Years ago I wrote the Royal Diaries which were fictional diaries kept by real princesses. So these ‘diaries’ were told from the royal point of view. But I always wondered what it was like to be a servant to one of these princesses. So I have sort of come not full circle but half-circle. I’ve always been fascinated by time travel. I think it allows a person to live two lives in the space of one lifetime. Hence you see a lot of research books on my desk about the Tudor family. Henry VIII, Elizabeth’s dad, who by the way, was really a handsome dude until he got fat. Wow did he get fat. They had to use a crane to get him on his horse for jousting tournaments. Elizabeth never got fat. She did have a sort of receding hairline in her old age. I hope this doesn’t happen to me.
OK, back to my desk. I’m just noticing that there is a used kleenex above the keyboard. Gross! I should throw that in the wastebasket. Oh, and there might be a graham cracker to the left some place beneath that open notebook.
As you can see I’m a real neatnik and very organized.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT WITCHES, US Only.
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