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An Eagle in the Snow

By: Michael Morpurgo

England, 1940. Barney’s home has been destroyed by bombing, and he and his mother are traveling to the countryside when German planes attack. Their train is forced to take shelter in a tunnel and there a fellow passenger begins to tell them a story. Afterword. Black-and-white period photographs.

ISBN: 9781250105158

JLG Release: Apr 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: Henry Tandey (1891–1977) , Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) , World War II (1939–1945) , England , Soldiers , Storytelling , World War I (1914–1918) , Military and war history , Twentieth-century British history , George VI, King of England 1936–1952

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World War II has ravaged England, including the homes on Mulberry Road. Ten-year-old Barney and his mother are headed out to the country to Aunty Mavis's home with all they have left in the world inside their luggage. A stranger boards the train and takes the seat across from them. After some small talk, the train begins to trudge forward, and they World War II has ravaged England, including the homes on Mulberry Road. Ten-year-old Barney and his mother are headed out to the country to Aunty Mavis's home with all they have left in the world inside their luggage. A stranger boards the train and takes the seat across from them. After some small talk, the train begins to trudge forward, and they settle in for the ride. Suddenly, a German fighter plane surges from the sky and attacks the train. With the rat-a-tat of bullets pelting the train, the conductor races down the track toward a tunnel. As he slams on the brakes, everyone is plunged into total darkness. Barney, being afraid of the dark, starts to panic. The stranger dispels the boy’s fears with a small box of matches. He has four and will light them only when Barney feels he needs the light. To pass the time, the stranger tells the story of two young soldiers from the previous war. The British soldier was the most decorated private of the First World War. The German soldier just might have been Hitler himself. This work of historical fiction, divided into four parts, will leave middle grade readers on the edge of their seats as they try to determine who the stranger is and how this random encounter during World War I could have altered history. VERDICT Another gripping historical novel from the author of War Horse, and a first-rate addition to historical fiction collections.—Annette Herbert, F. E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9781250105158

First Release

April 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

144

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 820L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Topics

Henry Tandey (1891–1977), Adolf Hitler (1889–1945), World War II (1939–1945), England, Soldiers, Storytelling, World War I (1914–1918), Military and war history, Twentieth-century British history, George VI, King of England 1936–1952,

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