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A thousand sisters : the heroic airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

by Wein, Elizabeth,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist!

The gripping true story of the only women to fly in combat in World War II--from Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity

This nonfiction book is an excellent choice for accelerated tween readers in grades 7 to 8, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment--nicknamed the "night witches"--faced intense pressure and obstacles both in the sky and on the ground. Some of these young women perished in flames. Many of them were in their teens when they went to war.

This is the story of Raskova's three regiments, women who enlisted and were deployed on the front lines of battle as navigators, pilots, and mechanics. It is the story of a thousand young women who wanted to take flight to defend their country, and the woman who brought them together in the sky.

Packed with black-and-white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, A Thousand Sisters is the inspiring true story of a group of women who set out to change the world, and the sisterhood they formed even amid the destruction of war.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Wein has written plenty of novels starring daring women flyers, but sometimes the truth is just as compelling as fiction. Such is the case of the three WWII Soviet women's flight regiments she profiles here. Wein lucidly describes the pilots' air battles, crash landings, and escapes, as well as the more mundane details of barracks life, including the drudgery of maintaining their aircraft in the harsh Russian winter; their attempts to adapt their too-big men's uniforms (such as improvised silk underwear from pilfered parachutes); and the deep-seated affection that developed among the women. Of course, this is a book about combat, and deaths are frequent and heartbreaking. Incorporating plenty of primary documents and copious source notes, this is exceptionally well researched, and Wein offers plenty of helpful historical and cultural context to drive the concepts home. While the litany of names, titles, and troop movements can get repetitive, these are nevertheless thrilling stories packed with lively detail, and the fascinating topic, still relatively unknown, should lure a broad range of readers.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this engrossing account, Wein (The Pearl Thief) introduces three Soviet regiments of female combat pilots during WWII. The chapters cover the ambitions, training, daily life, horrors, and successes of the "thousand sisters" who volunteered to join their commander, Marina Raskova, for this perilous work. The opening sections about Raskova's rise to prominence are particularly well-written and include helpful background on the Soviet Union's formation, Stalin, and the 1930s, as well as the 1938 flight of the Rodina, which made Raskova a household name. Once the regiments disperse to separate locations, each with a different mission and type of aircraft, the narrative becomes trickier to manage. Wein successfully reminds readers of locations and who's who, but some of the later chapters suffer from name overload. Still, readers will be impressed by her clear, casual style and her affecting introduction to these courageous, determined pilots, mechanics, and navigators. Insets provide information on side subjects, such as radar vs. radio and female pilots in the U.S. and Britain. Abundant archival photos, a bibliography, and source notes support the story. Ages 13-up. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union -- Aerial operations -- Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female -- Juvenile literature.
Women air pilots -- Soviet Union -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Air pilots, Military -- Soviet Union -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union -- Aerial operations.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female.
Air pilots, Military.
Women -- Biography.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1939-1945 -- Juvenile literature.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1939-1945.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 388 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-368) and index.
ISBN 9780062453013
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