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Allies
2019
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Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee , weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together -- by land, sea, and air -- to storm German-occupied France.

Welcome to D-Day.

Dee Carpenter, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.

But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army -- and find her mother. At the same time, a paratrooper named James leaps from a plane to take part in a daring midnight raid. During the beach invasion, Henry, a medic, goes out into the bullets and bombs, searching for soldiers to save.

In a breathtaking race against time, each of them must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?
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Gratz's (Grenade, 2018) latest novel memorably tells the story of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France, through the eyes of a disparate cast of characters, all of whom are de facto allies. They are 11-year-old Samira, a French Algerian whose mother is a spy; Canadian paratrooper James McKay; British tank driver Bill Richards; African American medic Henry Allen; 13-year-old Monique Marchand; war correspondent Dorothy Powell; and, most significantly, 16-year-old Dee Carpenter and his best friend, Sid Jacobstein. The last two are in the front line of the Omaha Beach invasion, experiencing firsthand the hell that was D-Day. Gratz does a brilliant job of bringing the invasion to visceral life. Noting that D-Day itself was a tremendous victory for the Allies, Gratz acknowledges the taking of Omaha Beach was a near disaster, which saw some 4,500 Allied deaths. Though they are best friends, Dee keeps a closely guarded secret from his Jewish comrade: he is a German whose parents are political refugees. Now Dee is determined to return to Germany to defeat Hitler. This is only one element of dramatic tension that keeps the pages of this novel's suspenseful account turning. It's a tour de force of war fiction.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Gratz's best-selling historical fiction doesn't stay on the shelf long; expect the same from his latest.--Michael Cart Copyright 2010 Booklist
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