D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944
An up-close look at the planning, execution, and aftermath of D-Day, 1944—the beginning of the end of World War II. Young readers’ adaptation of The Guns at Last Light. Time line. Glossary. Places to visit. Resources for more information. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs.
JLG Release: Sep 2014
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
School Library Journal
This fine adaptation of Atkinson’s adult The Guns at Last Light is a readable, and even suspenseful, account of the final preparations for and successful execution of the D-Day invasion. The author gives readers a comprehensive overview of the operation, using primary-source excerpts to personalize the actio [STARRED REVIEW]
This fine adaptation of Atkinson’s adult The Guns at Last Light is a readable, and even suspenseful, account of the final preparations for and successful execution of the D-Day invasion. The author gives readers a comprehensive overview of the operation, using primary-source excerpts to personalize the action, from the planning of the highest commanders, to the bravery shown by individual men who went ashore on June 6, 1944. He describes the stages of the invasion, including the transport of troops, air support and airborne operations, and ground operations conducted under withering German resistance. The author separates the five Allied landing forces into individual chapters, which allows for plenty of detail and continuity of narrative about their missions, and the varying amounts of German defenses and resistance they encountered. Although a brief epilogue summarizes the remainder of the war in Western Europe and Germany’s defeat, the book focuses on the invasion and the bravery and sacrifices of the men who fought. The text is supplemented by solid area and battle maps, captioned period photos, and an informative appendix with accessible data about equipment and weapons, medical care, troops and their battle gear, and general statistics about the war. This book matches the quality of Earle Rice Jr.’s Normandy (Chelsea House, 2002) but is intended for a slightly older readership, making it an excellent choice for high school World War II buffs and report writers.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO
6" x 9"
Level 9; Points: 6;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 10.9; Points: 9;