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The Sniper

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Stalingrad snipers were legends in their time. Their patience, keen eyes, and ruthlessness helped win the Battle of Stalingrad and turn the tide of the Second World War. James Riordan visited Stalingrad in 1959 and several times later. In 2006 he met Tania Chernova, whose story was so fascinating that Riordan made her the heroine of this compelling novel. The year is 1942. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
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Levi Greening

This book is about a girl named Tania Chernovia. She is a legendary sniper in World War Two. The book starts when Tania is at school one day in the town of Stalingrad. Stalingrad is in Russia. They were outside at recess when all of a sudden they saw bee shaped things really far up in the sky. What they didn't know is that they were the Germans starting to devastate their town. All of a sudden it started raining down bombs. The whole Russian country was about to get into the great war named Wo
LH Johnson
I first came across James Riordan with his excellent The Cello so I was interested to discover this title whilst browsing the shelves recently. It's set in Stalingrad in 1942 and, I think, spectacularly misleading in how it's presented. The cover to me is resolutely masculine with a figure that is too indistinct to accurately gender. The blurb on the back pages obviously (and awkwardly) avoids using gendered pronouns, referring to the true story of a 'teenage sniper recruited in 1942 ... the you ...more
Ricky Schroeder
I think this book is really good. I never got bored while reading it and it kept me interested in it the whole time.

In the beginning of the book this 16 year old girl Tania is in a class when her school gets bombed. Then she has to carry her friend to the hospital who got badly injured. Tania then got drafted into the army, she was hoping to be a nurse for the army she she could help people. But she was positioned into an anti aircraft unit. She shot down nine German planes in four days. When sh
This book is about a teenage girl who is driven out of her home in Stalingrad during the German raid, also known as Operation Barbarossa. She had gone to school one day and a military officer walked in. He hand-picked soldiers that look good enough to fight in the war. The others that he didn't pick became anti-aircraft artillery crews, and they were positioned for days. Then once the girl, named Tania, left the artillery, she became a Secret Police member. She didn't hold that position long eit ...more
This book begins with the very grisly details of a sniper doing its job during WWII and the attack of the Germans on Stalingrad, Russia. The very next chapter begins the story of Tania Belov, a 16-year-old girl who is a very simple student with dreams of becoming a nurse someday at the start of the attack on Stalingrad. When word of the Germans closing in on Stalingrad begins, she and her classmates are first commissioned to try to sandbag around the petrol tanks in hopes of saving them but then ...more
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Just finished this about 20 minutes ago.

I'm a sucker for WWII stories and when I saw this at the library I grabbed it.
I am thankful to say I wasn't disappointed.

One of my favorite things, I think, is the fact that every character was based off of a real person. This was all taken from true events (though sometimes what the character is going through might not be what the person they're based off of went though, but it did happen)
It really gives you insight into war and how hard it was and how "
Rhondda Powling
The Battle of Stalingrad cost over a million lives but changed the course of the Second World as it was the first time the German forces tasted defeat. The snipers used by the Soviet forces in Stalingrad became legendary. They were trained in patience and reached an amazing level of accuracy for hitting their target. They also developed a ruthlessness that helped them tip the balance in the Battle of Stalingrad
Tania Belova, the main character, is 16 when she leaves school to help to defend the S
This book is extremely good. The plot is very attractive in my opinion. The main character, Tonia, is followed as she fights to protect as well as survive the the invasion of Stalingrad. Combining historical and fictional information, this book is perfect for any reader.
Jon K
It had tons of action. at the end it had an interveiw of a world war 2 soldier. It had a lot of detail and very interesting
Brent Minery
This book was a fast paced action packed book and i would recommend it to all readers
Ricky Branch
It wasnt interesting at all i got bored and sleepy while reading it
Paul Harrington Independent Book Review
Ubriaco The Sniper Book Review

The battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest battles in history; this battle was fought in the streets and buildings of Stalingrad. Buildings, which soon became ruins. “The Sniper” by James Riordan takes place in Stalingrad during World War II and is the true story of a female sniper in the battle of Stalingrad.

The main character’s name is Tania Belova; her character is based on the real sniper of Stalingrad Tania Cherno
Joshua Malek
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World War II has always been a topic of interest for many. The Sniper by James Riordan puts a new perspective on the war of wars. The book starts in Stalingrad with a sixteen year old girl, Tania. The year is 1942 and war is knocking on Russia’s door. Tania forcefully learns to come of age very fast as the invasion of Stalingrad begins by the Nazi Wehrmacht. She battles through difficulties as she is separated from her family and enlisted by the Red Army as a batter gunner. She also runs vital ...more
Pamela Morgan
Mar 26, 2015 Pamela Morgan added it
Shelves: yr-9
Stalingrad snipers were legends in their time and helped win the Battle of Stalingrad in Second World War.
I didn't realize this was a YA book when I ordered it, and I'm still a little surprised that someone actually wrote a book about the Battle of Stalingrad for young people. Riordan's portrayal of the relationship between Zaitsev and Tania doesn't mesh with what I've read elsewhere, but this is a kids' book. Riordan doesn't shy away from decribing deaths and general nastiness, but he seems detached or dispassionate at times- like he's just describing what happened but doesn't really care. Overall, ...more
Written for a younf audience this book can be equally enjoyed by adults. A quick but powerful read based on real people and events during The Great PAtriotic War and specifically the Battle of Stalingrad. This sort of book helps to keep the memory of those times alive. Having recently visited "Stalingrad" myself I found the book especially poignant and powerful. Would highly recommend this as a gift for any teen / young adult and equally a good read for all.
It was a very well writin' book. This book tells the story of young Tania who's hometown was attacked by the German's in World war 2. Tania is drafted into the Russian military as a anti air gunner but quickly change's as the war progresses. As you follow her long and difficult journey you will discover there is more to Tania than meets the eye. As she discover's her own blood lust for the German "sticks" and no longer cares about killing in cold blood.
Dustin Keller
I'm already hooked! Thought this was going to be another book for my son....looks like might be more for my daughter! Interesting!!! Off to read more.
i thaught the ending was very suprising. i did not expect what happened. you will have to read the book for yourself to know what happened. i thaught that everyone got wehat they deserved. i feel like i really could connect witht the sniper because of my home problems but at the same time i dont shoot my siblings. it was areally good book and i think that you should read it.
Thomas Mckinzie
It starts out slow but if you can be patient it turns out to be a very fast paced and action packed book . I personally like this book because i am a world war 2 buff. It takes you into a detailed look at the life and times of a russian sniper . I would recommend this book to anyone who likes war novels or action packed books .
This book was one of the best books I have ever read just because the main character was using a sniper rifle. She actually was a good sniper but one part of the book with everyone in that one room was horrible. But overall it was a good book and it should deserve a 4.75 rating in stars.
Parker Trudeaux
This book is a adventure and action packed book. Only if you like action and thrilling suspence u should read this book. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars because it has everything i enjoy in a book all the way from tanks to a sniper this is the book for action thrillers.
I think that "the sniper" wasn't a really good story . For example it didn't give me spacific details. So i couldnt picture the story really good. Also,its was a really short story, at the end i wanted to know more but it just said that he killed his brother.
Luis Rodriguez
very intresting!The book was written as first person.So it gave you that feel of the character,were it explans the deatail of what hes doing and thinking. It will have you on the edge of your seat,because of unexpected twist in the end.
This was a great story about a 16 year old sniper in Russia, taking aim against the Germans. Based on actual events and people who were inteviewed for this book. Tania was a real person who did phenomenal things during WWII
An interesting story about a sniper during World War II in Russia - well written and the author really gives you and insight into the life of these people and the hardship and dedication they had to their job.
Steven Maine
This book is about a seventeen year old girl recruited as a Russian sniper in world war 2. It shows the hardships the soldiers faced, and what they did to survive. Great book if you like historical fiction.
Jun 16, 2010 Marge added it
Shelves: young-adult
Teenagers recruited in WWII to become snipers, Battle of Stalingrad - Tania Belova's story closely follows the true story of Tania Chernova who was awarded the red star for bravery.
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James Riordan (10 October 1936 – 10 February 2012) was an English novelist, broadcaster, sports historian, association football player and Russian scholar.

Well known for his work Sport in Soviet Society, the first academic look at sport in the Soviet Union, and for his children
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