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Under a War-Torn Sky (Under a War-Torn Sky #1)

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When Henry Forester is shot down during a bombing run over France, the World War II pilot finds himself trapped behind enemy lines. In constant danger of discovery by German soldiers, Henry begins a remarkable journey to freedom. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Henry moves from town to town--traveling by moonlight, never asking questions, or even the names of the peo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2001)
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Valerie
Feb 13, 2016 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara
Yes! A book that is really worth it. This is why I love historical fiction so much. You get to see the real heroes even if it is fictional. People who are made up, but may very well be like many of those who were there. The book is following a young American farm boy by the name of Henry Forrester who is the youngest pilot around. It may be in an American's point of view but it is clear that it was to show how much the French Resistance worked during WWII.

Henry is one of the best pilots, but do
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David
Nov 22, 2008 David rated it liked it
I read this book to help with my son's high school English assignment. It's targeted to a teen or young adult audience, and tells a good story about an American bomber pilot who is shot down over Alsace during World War II. The book details his struggle to return to freedom, aided by a series of sincere local sympathizers and members of the French resistance movement. While somewhat romanticized, it gives a behind-the-scenes look at the efforts of those who fought against the Nazi invaders. The ...more
Samantha
Sep 23, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Through the eyes of Henry Forrester, average American teenager, readers of Under a War Torn Sky are taken up into the skies over Europe and deep into the trenches of the French Resistance during World War II. This is a novel that does not need to be praised with the condition that it is a great read "for YA." Readers of any age can learn about the heart-wrenching experiences of this young bomber pilot and be captivated by his story.

The author created this fictional story based on the first hand
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Marie Gentilcore
3.5 stars. I'm glad to have read this shortly after I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah as this book is about an American B-24 pilot who ends up in Nazi occupied France and receives assistance from the French Resistance. It had the feel of a companion book to The Nightingale since one of the sisters in that book helped pilots get to safety as part of her role in the French Resistance so it was like seeing the other side of the story. I really liked the main character, young and idealistic H ...more
Patrick Dillard
Oct 16, 2008 Patrick Dillard rated it it was amazing
When Henry's plane is shot down behind enemy lines during WWII, he must depend on the help of strangers to try and make his way to safety. I have always enjoyed learning about WWII, so this book was a good way of getting into the mind of a soldier. At the start of the story, Henry is idealistic and good hearted. By the end, Henry remains good hearted, but he has seen the worst in people. I feel like this is a good representation of what happened to many young men during that war, and all wars.
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Katherine
Apr 11, 2009 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katherine by: Edie Ching
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Marta Wingler
Feb 19, 2016 Marta Wingler rated it really liked it
I didn't connect with this book for a while, but, I must say, it seemed quite realistic. The characters were engaging, the plot fast paced. Although I'm not usually a fan of war stories, I connected emotionally with Henry. Only two real issues—first, the novel is strewn with French phrases and dialogue, not always explained in context, and I do not speak French. Secondly, one and only one scene is written from a second character's point of view. That struck me as intrusive. If there had been a s ...more
Jon
Feb 12, 2009 Jon rated it really liked it
Shelves: qrt3-2009
This is a great book. The fun thing I had while I was reading this book was the different languages the author added in the book were quite interesting. It was mostly German and French. It was weird because these are two languages I can't speak, but I could understand what they were saying from the just reading the context and understand what was going on. For example: Oui, les papiers sont parfaits. That is french for, Yes , papers are perfect. This was one of the easiest ones I figured out by ...more
Debby
Jan 05, 2011 Debby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I was prompted to read this after seeing Laura Elliott speak at school, where I work. She is an awesome speaker and she writes beautifully. I highly recommend this book even if you don't speak French. It was an exciting read that never stopped at the end. I didn't want it to end! I am also happy to know that there is a follow up book! And with my new Kindle I won't have issues finding it! Go Elliott!!
Shelley Daugherty
Dec 09, 2015 Shelley Daugherty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the best war books I have read ever! Not only does the book shed light on what life was like for American pilots during World War II but it also pays homage to the French resistance movement and the hard work they put in to assist the allies. This book highlights those ordinary people who did what they could to resist the Nazi movement. I highly recommend reading this one all the way through and especially the author's note at the end. No part of this is to be missed!
Sandra Strange
Based on true accounts, this novel traces a 19 year old Air Force pilot shot down behind enemy lines in Europe just before D Day of World War II.. He must survive as he makes his way guided by Resistance workers, learning much about evil, violence, goodness, and living. Suspenseful and tear-jerking, with some glancing sexual references (PG only). Positive, with the author’s explanations of how much is “true” at the end.

Marlene
Feb 26, 2015 Marlene rated it really liked it
I don't usually read YA but my daughter recommended this knowing I had enjoyed Code Name Verity. Like Verity this title is set during WWII. Henry is a pilot whose plane is shot down while on a bombing mission. The story follows his efforts to escape being captured by the Nazis. Fast-moving action and tense situations make this a good title to recommend to boys.
Stephanie Chambers
Aug 08, 2015 Stephanie Chambers rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
I am continually amazed by how many wonderful different stories that came out of World War II. It was such a wonderful story about how small acts of kindness for one soldier can also be how normal people can fight back against the war. It showed how the war really hit everyone.
HannahBeth
Jul 29, 2008 HannahBeth rated it did not like it
Granted, there were parts that were a teensy bit ok/exciting, but overall this is a boring story (even put me to sleep at one point), not to mention there's a lot of misuses of the Lord's name, and a few inappropriate hints.
Emma
Apr 28, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing
I read this in fifth grade ohmygosh. But I'm like 99% sure this is why I love hisfic so much today.
Michelle Chen
Oct 08, 2010 Michelle Chen rated it it was amazing
It was a fascinating story, a gripping tale. It will shock you, and you won't want a thing to do with fighting after reading this.
Justin Ubelhart
Jan 16, 2017 Justin Ubelhart rated it it was amazing
"That's how Henry had thought flying would be - dancing the skies, skating the winds, playing tag with angels. But flying bombing missions hadn't been anything like that," which Henry quickly learned. When Henry chose to go off to fight in World War II instead of heading off to college, he did it for patriotism, but also for the excitement. He had dreams of being a glamorous fighter pilot. That all changed when his plane was shot down over enemy territory. Under a War-Torn Sky by L. M. Elliott t ...more
Bradley
Oct 06, 2016 Bradley rated it liked it
The suspense will keep you reading. The language of this story is not necessarily well crafted, but it is still a good read. It includes some rudimentary conversations in French.
Bookworm
"May you think sometimes of the reasons you are free."-Pierre Meunier, general secretary of the National Council of the Resistance.

Well this book, besides ripping out my heartstrings, did that. It left me feeling sick, awed, humbled, proud. ***There WILL be SPOILERS in this, so don't continue if you don't want to know what happens through the book!!!!!!****
What I Loved: Henry, or rather, Hank; he's nineteen when it starts out, but would be close to twenty when it ends. He's hungry for affectio
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Ryan wead Wead
Sep 25, 2016 Ryan wead Wead rated it it was amazing
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Rebecca Groat
Dec 31, 2014 Rebecca Groat rated it it was amazing
When he was young, Henry Forester was a farm boy of the south, raising chickens and cows with dreams to fly. Although he had other plans to learn to fly, he found himself learning to be a man, stuck in the middle of WWII, flying B-24 bomber planes. Stationed in England as the youngest pilot on base, Henry risks his life every time he gets into the plane. Although his tasks were scary and life threatening, Henry loved to fly. One day, Henry and his team were to take the longest flight yet to drop ...more
Dustin
Mar 11, 2016 Dustin rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler Alert*
Henry is a pilot in WW2 and he helps pilot a bomber which aren't that fast. They were on a mission on a long flight and their plane gets attacked and is shot down, they deploy their parachutes and he sees Dan, his fellow pilot get shot down while parachuting. Then the plane comes back around and tries shooting Henry down, the pilot shoots a couple holes in Henry's parachute and he has a hard landing and breaks his ankle. He manages to walk to a nearby town and finds an old school
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Marie
Under a War-Torn Sky is an action-packed WWII historical adventure novel. The main character, Henry, is an American bomber pilot who's shot down over Switzerland. He parachutes to relative safety and makes it to a Red Cross hospital. After a short recovery there, he finds himself evading Germans as he moves (on foot!) from town to town across Switzerland, into France, and toward Spain. Along the way he sees the best in people and the worst.

As you can see from even that short description, the bo
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Thomas Wessel
May 12, 2016 Thomas Wessel rated it it was amazing
In the book Under a War-Torn Sky, an American Pilot, Henry, is shot down in Nazi controlled France. He has a broken Ankle and no one else from his aircraft is alive. He is taken in by a French school teacher and sneaked into neutral Switzerland. There he is taken by a resistance fighting for freedom from the Nazis and sent on a mission to return to Spain where he can rejoin the fight. On his way to Spain he is helped by informants. The first was a woman who's son was taken by the Nazis and force ...more
Brooke
May 29, 2014 Brooke is currently reading it
In 1944, Henry, a young pilots, plane is shot down behind enemy lines and he is stranded alone. What will him and the people he meet sacrifice to stay alive and get home?
As a young pilot in the U.S. Air force, Second Lieutenant Henry Forester is very successful at what he does. Or at least he was until his 15th and hardest mission yet. Henry and his captain and friend, Dan, and the rest of the crew embark on the mission, which is unfortunately unsuccessful. When their plane is shot down and they
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Jackson gyurisin
Sep 19, 2016 Jackson gyurisin rated it it was amazing
Great book! Would recommend to anyone.
02TannerS
Oct 11, 2011 02TannerS rated it really liked it
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The book is for Readers that want a good book to read and to read about what happened in World War 2, but not the war but the peoples families who were in the middle of it.

The stories main problem is when Henry the main character is shot down in his plane over enemy lines and has to get back to his home base in Britain.

The setting and the time is in world war 2 in germany and france.

The main character is Henry forester is 19 years old and is youngest person in his air force squadron.

In the
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Michael Becker
Jan 03, 2015 Michael Becker rated it really liked it
When Henry Forester's plane gets shot down during a bombing run, He finds himself deep behind enemy lines where he faces lots of conflict and sadness as he begins his remarkable journey back home under a war-torn sky.

Once on the ground he try's to trust strangers and their kindness to get him back home, but he learns that he can't trust everyone. With each step he takes on his journey, it gets more and more dangerous. When a stranger helps get him to a hospital, that is when he is informed of th
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Dylan Martin
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Michelle
May 18, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
The value of this story lies within the wisdom and experience Henry, a young, naiive American pilot gains while trying to survive and escape Nazi-occupied France after being shot down. Elliot combined the experiences of many Allied pilots into one, harrowing story of an individual for this novel. Henry sees the both best and worst in human nature that war truly brings out in people. The reader also sees Henry grow up himself through his experiences and we see his true character tried and tested ...more
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