Under a War-Torn Sky
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Under a War-Torn Sky

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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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Mar 17, 2010 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Patrick Dillard
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.
Apr 11, 2009 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katherine by: Edie Ching
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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
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...more
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.

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!!
Under a War-Torn Sky is a must-read for anyone who appreciates a good novel or wants to read a quick military story. This book tells the story of an American pilot fighting in WW||. As the reader follows Sergeant Henry Forester as he tries to get home to his farm in Richmond, Virginia, they meet many unique characters. That is one of the reasons why I love this book, because it shows the reader so many different people contributing to the safety of the soldiers. People of all ages and attire hav...more
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.
Michelle Chen
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.
Under a war torn sky is about an all American boy pilot in WWII named Henry Forrester. Henry gets shot down and has to survive off of the kindness and shelter from the citizens of Nazi occupied France. He meets people and has experiences that he will always remember while on the bumpy road to his home. This is truly an amazing book. It is well written and always interesting. You are keep into the story the whole time. It is dramatic and suspenseful and keeps you guessing. Things twist and turn t...more
I have a variety of conflicted thoughts on this novel. Just the notion of a pilot escaping through Nazi-occupied France was fascinating. I have always enjoyed the stories of everyday people in these sorts of circumstances- they weren't generals, dictators, presidents, etc. , but they did actually make an impact. The descriptions of those of the French Resistance were what truly made this book.
However, the writing often seemed awkward and forced. The narration constantly referred to Henry's paren...more
The book, Under a War Torn Sky, by Laura Malone Elliot, was an exceptional read. The book contained many thrilling, suspensful, and action-packed scenes that I thought were gripping and sad. The book is about a U.S airforce pilot named Henry, who was on a bombing mission and his bomber was shot down, and he landed in Nazi-controlled terrritory. For instance, meeting many characters that helped and supported Henry through Nazi-controlled territory caused me to care for each and every person going...more
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
"Under a War-Torn Sky" tells the story of a young World War II bomber pilot shot down on a mission over Nazi-controlled Europe and his long, arduous journey home. I've read several war adventure stories originally from the 1940s and although this is a modern novel I recognized aspects of these earlier adventure stories for young people in this work. That said, the book had a decidedly modern edge in it's unflinching look at war's horrors from torture with water and dogs (which, most appropriatel...more
Title of book: Under a War torn sky

Author: L.M. Elliot

Under a War-Sky is about an American B-42 bomber pilot who goes on his 15 mission. While on his mission they are attacked by German fighter pilots. His bomber is shot down and he parachutes to the ground. Henry then falls and gets injured where he meets a frech teacher who feeds and cares for him. The French teacher is in the resistance and helps henry on to the next resistance post. There he meets Madame, and pretends to be her child. After...more
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...more
Ben B.
Reading this book was a change in style of writing for me. I don't think I would have chosen this book for myself if it had been for pleasure reading but I realize that I now would If I faced the opportunity again. You can feel all kinds of stress the soldier goes through after being shot out of the sky as a US Bomber. Through thick and thin you can not put this book down. I would recommend this book to mostly boys. Its more of a war story turned action book that most boys adore.
Subhan M
This book really could have been better than it turned out to be. The story was all like here and there, the main character Henry didn't seem like a military Lieutenent at all. He acted like some random civilian who just happened to pop up in Europe where the Nazis and other enemies were. This story takes place in the 40's, WW2. I won't spoil it, but you'll tell instantly when Henry encounters Germans he has absolutely no idea how to fight, which I'm starting to find really annoying now in books...more
Jan 10, 2013 Evan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who really like Historical Fiction and World War II Novels
This is a great novel! Whoever likes historical fiction about wars should definitely check this book out. It starts out with a young man who flies a B-24 in World War II. When his plane gets shot out of the sky, he is trapped behind enemy lines. Alone. As he moves through enemy occupied territory, kind French citizens help him escape and get back to the states. Wounded, hungry, and afraid, Henry struggles toward freedom on foot, with a wounded ankle. Over the time period that he is on foot, he f...more
This is an incredible story of an American pilot's fight to survive and travel back home after being shot down behind enemy lines during World War II. It gives readers a glimpse of how dangerous and violent the war could be, but it also shows the strength and determination of people to help each other and fight against the Nazis. It demonstrates how much regular citizens risked to be a part of the French resistance. The story clearly highlights the strange mix of violent distrust and caring help...more
Henry's story as a pilot who is shot down over Alsace during a mission in World War 2 is compelling and provides a great deal of back-story for the reality of war on the common folks who are scraping to survive the bombing raids, occupational forces and the always-prevalent poverty that accompanies wartime. Henry's journey is fraught with fear, compassion, selflessness, selfishness, hope and terror. Well written and packed with action and tension.
Tristan B
This book was a very, very good book. The main character, Henry Forester, a 19 year old Air Corps pilot in World War 2 against the Nazis who was shot down over an enemy controlled area gets taken to a hospital,where he makes a decision that is quite literally make or break. It could get him back home, and it could get him tortured and killed by Nazis. Will he make it back home?

I liked the fact that this was set so far back in time because it's pretty awesome to be able to read and feel like you...more
My youngest son and I read this book back when he was in 7th grade and homeschooled for a year. We both absolutely loved it so much that we formed the "Under a War-torn sky" fan club. Not a real fan club, just our way of saying this is an AWESOME book. And here's why I put up the review after so long (he's now a senior in high school): because at the library today I happened across the sequel to Under a War-Torn Sky!! I was so excited and checked it out immediately. It is called "A Troubled Peac...more
I read this book after reading it's sequel. I remember that when I added it to the library it was one I wanted to read, but then I want to read most of the books I add to the library - sometimes they just slip through and I never read them.

When A Troubled Peace arrived, I was looking for a new book, and read it immediately. Although I had no trouble following the story, I still wanted to read all about Henry's flight out of Nazi France.

It is a wonderful tale, and shows the true greatness of peop...more
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Paul Fitzgerald
I thought this book was okay. I wish that the book could have been more energetic. I felt as if every part of the book was depressing as all get out. Now don't get me wrong, the book was extreamly intense and gripping, but the sad, depressing thing isn't something I like to read about. But I thought the whole background of the story was amazing. The fact that someone had to go through that kind of suffering is hard to get my head around. The fact that he fell from a mile in the air and break his...more
At just 19 years old, Henry Forester is the youngest, yet best, pilot in his Air Force squadron. But when his plane is shot down on a mission against Hitler's Luftwaffe leaving him as the only survivor, Henri finds himself on a whole new battlefield- the ground. Henri sees that, while things are dire in the skies, fighting to get past enemy lines, they are just as bad below, where the brave members of the French Resistance risk death to protect him and get him home.
Suspenseful, gripping and pa...more
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L. M. Elliott is author of the young adult (YA) historical novels: Under a War-torn Sky, a Notable Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), a Jefferson Cup Honor Book, winner of Border’s Original Voices Award for YA Literature, and a finalist for the Iowa, PA, SC, and MD state teen literature awards; Annie, Between the States, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, IRA Teachers’ choice, and VA...more
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