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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  699 ratings  ·  66 reviews
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, an armada of 7,000 ships carrying 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Up until then the Allied forces had suffered serious defeats, yet D -Day, as the invasion was called, spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany and the Third Reich. Readers will dive into the heart of the action and discov ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published April 14th 2015)
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Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was so completely fantastic. These men were so brave and courageous. It makes you feel proud of soldiers who were willing to risk their lives
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it was a good book acutally probaly my favroite book ever if you like learning about WW2 then you might want to read this book
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
After visiting Normandy with my grandson’s we read this book which is a great summary for young readers. A powerful history lesson which covers some of the most important facts about the events occurring on June 6th and shortly after.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book because it teaches you all about the story of WWII.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ellery asked some amazing questions while reading this one. Oh how I wish I would have asked more questions of both of my grandfathers before they passed.
myunghwa lee
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book.

I really didn't even know about D-day before I read this book. But after reading I learned a lot more about this military assault. It's awesome. Props to Eisenhower👍
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good, both for students and as refresher and summary for adults. Some details were new to me, but all were well-presented and engaging. Illustrations were helpful. Our 14-year-old boy enjoyed it.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In August 1943 Churchill and Roosevelt meet and set d day for 1944. Nov 1943 General Dwight D. Eisenhower is promoted to Supreme commander of all allied forced in Europe. In June 3rd 1944 soldiers begin boarding ships for Normandy. On June 5th he gives the order for the invasion on D day. On June 6th 1:20 am German forces open fire on paratroopers over Normandy. After 3 am D-day German radar discovers the invasion fleet ; enemy troops prepare for battle. At 9;50 Allied destroyers open fire at Om ...more
Tillman Cummings
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like the last pages I read. I thought the author did a good job at giving very good and important detail. Saying how we attacked, where we fought, and what we did if the plan went wrong. I was happy in the events that we won, but then sad cause of how many innocent people died because Hitler was crazy. I was questioning why Hitler blamed the Jews for their loss in World War 1. I also was wondering why the Italians changed to our side after they lost one battle. I was predicting the Germ ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The photographs at the back are a reminder of the human toll after readers engage in the historical content thought illustrations and maps that address the heavy topic for an elementary-aged audience but anyone will learn something from the book. I always find there’s something new that I learn in any one of these.

The use of text boxes and illustrations give a heady placement for the significance of the event and the decision-making of Ike himself in leading the charge not also what was happeni
Heather Shembarger
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of information concerning D-Day and WWII. It is a quick read as it is just a little over 100 pages. Actual photos and timelines are included at the end just to tie everything together. D-Day was truly a masterpiece plan that was almost 2 years in the making. Unfortunately, weather played a role in contributing to many failures in the attack and massive loss of life to the Allies. The courage and heroics of the survivors allowed the D-Day attack to continue. Regular soldiers had ...more
I love this series!

These books are so fabulous at giving a brief, yet informative overview of important topics. Perfect for kids and adults alike!

I didn’t realize there were so many colossal problems on D-Day! It’s amazing the Allies were able to pull it off.

I thought all their trickery was brilliant. I especially loved the pretend base at Dover with the blow-up tanks. I can just imagine Ike walking around “inspecting” the “base.”

WWII is such a horrifying event. It’s hard to distill it down
Stacy M. Patton
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
This book is an excellent overview of what D-Day was, the plan, how some of the plans failed and succeeded as well as true stories of war heroes. This book also includes a whole chapter on how they fooled Hitler by using “spies, lies and clever tricks.” My boys especially found this chapter fascinating when it explained how Allied troops set up a phony army base in Dover, England across from Calais, France. And all the ways the Allied troops had Hitler fooled by this fake base by using rubber ta ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, this book was written for a younger audience, but someone needs to check the content for completeness and accuracy. And who better than someone who has read several detailed first-hand accounts of the D-Day Invasion? For a younger generation wanting to learn about this major historical event the author does a great job presenting all the important facts in a very comprehensible and coherent narrative. All this while keeping it interesting. Great read for all ages; don’t let the youth have al ...more
David Rough
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good historical book in this series for young readers. I learned a great deal about this invasion strategy of the Allied troops during WW2. I did not realize the misdirection employed and the difficulties encountered during this major turning point of the entire war.
War is not an easy topic for writers of middle-grade literature, and this book does not candy-coat the sacrifice of those in uniform, but it present the bravery and determination of the troops as they took a stand against th
Definitely the most intense book in this series that I've read with my son so far. The detailed material went a little over his head at times, but I appreciated Demuth writing about these events with a younger audience in mind and the focus on this single, pivotal day. I appreciated the closing timelines of both D-Day and World War II as well as the inclusion of personal stories from the front lines. ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was about D-Day. It was on the invasion of the allied forces into France on June 6, 1944. It discussed that the invasion was top secret and about the base near England to make the Nazis believe that Normandy was not the target. This book had lots of great information about this important day in history.
Nov 18, 2019 added it
I liked the historic of the book because I am really into history, and I learned new things about history that I didn't know. Also this book was very easy for me to read, and just these types of books I really enjoy because the book just shows more to what I didn't know, and I learn new things. In conclusion I would really recommend this book if you are into historic books. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, easy to read. I just visited Normandy and listened to a guide. He was enlightening, but this book was even better. Wish I had read it before we arrived at the scene. Great insight into the planning, the weather problems, the challenges of getting on and then across the beach. I highly recommend this book, even if it is for young kids.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this with Jackson. I have read a lot about the holocaust, but not as much about specific battles and nothing about D-Day. This was quick and easy and I learned from it. The sacrifices made by Americans and other soldiers in fighting Hitler / Nazis was well portrayed for a young audience.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thomas
i really liked all of the survival and history in this book i think it is awesome for a war history book.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned alot from this

To tells about how sad d-day was
Omaha beach
To Eric Fraser
Cuz I learned
It's cool
Rawr XD
Its egacational!
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i like how they had facts but not to much
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every educational book on the planning of and execution of D-Day by the allied troops. I also loved that there were real photos included at the back of the book.
Taylor Hennessee
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I learned a lot of new facts for this being quite a short book.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this whole book!
Brooke Fradd
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative, even for this adult who doesn't recall her world history lessons from high school. ...more
Aug 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoy this series, and this is an important part of history. I like how these books are interesting and easily understood.
North Landesman
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Clear narrative with good photos and primary source quotes.
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