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Nazi Prison Camp Escape: Great Escapes #1


Series
Great Escapes

by
Michael Burgan
illustrated by
James Bernardin

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperCollins
ISBN
9780062860361
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Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
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A thrilling, brand-new historical fiction series based on real events—perfect for readers of the "I Survived" and "Horrible Histories" series! In this first book, Royal Canadian Air Force officer Bill Ash escapes from a German POW camp during World War II.

In the spring of 1942, Royal Air Force pilot Bill Ash’s plane was surrounded and shot down by Germans. He was eventually brought to Stalag Luft III, a notorious camp for prisoners of war.

The Germans boasted that the camp—which was isolated, heavily guarded, and surrounded by wire fences—was escape proof. But Ash was determined to prove them wrong. He, along with other POWs, would dig tunnels, hide in shower drains, or jump on trucks—all to gain freedom. Because resisting the Germans was their mission, and escaping was their duty.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.7: points 2

Lexile

840L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2020

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Adventure

Topics

William Ash (1917–2014). Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force. World War II (1939–1945). Prisoners of war. Escapes. History of Germany, 1933–1945.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Readers of this new historical fiction series meet Mr. Bill Ash, a U.S. citizen who joined the Canadian Royal Air Force in 1940. His indomitable spirit permeates the story as the author realistically depicts Ash’s multiple escape attempts and the consequences of his failures. Informative sidebars about topics as varied as the Great Depression and prisoner-of-war camps in the United States complement the text by providing additional context. At least one sidebar feels out of place, however, because it details events that have not yet occurred. Readers learn through an author’s note that the story is based on a real person and events, with fictionalized dialogue. Black-and-white illustrations serve the action of the text well. Since this is Ash’s story, his character has the most depth, and the author portrays him positively throughout the narrative. The novel’s strengths are the action-driven plot and the believable setting. A useful bibliography lists both adult and juvenile nonfiction titles. A straightforward account that highlights a lesser-known World War II service member. Purchase where there is high demand for WWII literature.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Readers of this new historical fiction series meet Mr. Bill Ash, a U.S. citizen who joined the Canadian Royal Air Force in 1940. His indomitable spirit permeates the story as the author realistically depicts Ash’s multiple escape attempts and the consequences of his failures. Informative sidebars about topics as varied as the Great Depression and prisoner-of-war camps in the United States complement the text by providing additional context. At least one sidebar feels out of place, however, because it details events that have not yet occurred. Readers learn through an author’s note that the story is based on a real person and events, with fictionalized dialogue. Black-and-white illustrations serve the action of the text well. Since this is Ash’s story, his character has the most depth, and the author portrays him positively throughout the narrative. The novel’s strengths are the action-driven plot and the believable setting. A useful bibliography lists both adult and juvenile nonfiction titles. A straightforward account that highlights a lesser-known World War II service member. Purchase where there is high demand for WWII literature.

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