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Battle of Britain: Harry Woods, England, 1939-1941 (My Story: Boys)

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It's 1939 and Harry Woods is a Spitfire pilot in the RAF. When his friend Lenny loses his leg in a dogfight with the Luftwaffe, Harry is determined to fight on. That is, until his plane is hit and he finds himself tumbling through the air high above the English Channel.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 19th 2002 by Scholastic
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I've watched and played games about the various wars but reading about it has never really gripped me or floated my boat. I picked this book up wanting something small to read..Quick and simple I thought to myself..Turned out due to personal obligations this book took longer to read which kinda broke the flow and unknown to me I was like two chapters away from the end of the story too. Never the less I did enjoy taking a step back into Harry's shoes and what it was like to fly a Spitfire during ...more
Suad Shamma
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015
This one's my favourite one yet of the series. I have never read about the Battle of Britain before, not from a RAF and aircrew perspective anyway. I am ashamed to say that I have never even considered pilots who fight in battles before this, because the focus is usually always on those fighting on land.

Chris Priestley's style of writing is great. It was very amusing, very entertaining, very evocative and poignant, and most importantly...very real. He knew how to get us attached to Harry, to his
Phillip Lloyd
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice short read, maybe aimed for a younger reader but I still enjoyed it. I only realized at the end that the characters were 'fictitious' though credit to the author for making it very realistic.
Emily Ross
This was a quick and simple historical way of looking at the Battle of Britain from the perspective of the RAF. It was good.
Grace Sargeant
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book because it gave me a clear image of what it was like at that time. I recommend this book for people who like books on history.
Grace Sargeant
I liked this book.
Liam Woodland
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liam Woodland
The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain took place in 1940 during World War II. This book was written by Chris Priestley and it highlights a man named Harry Wood who was a pilot for the British RAF. The Battle of Britain was where Germany and Britain fought for control of the skies over England. If Germany had won, England might have been forced to surrender. This book is historical fiction book because the main character, Harry Woods, is fictional but the dates and many o
Layla Ashby
a good little fiction book about The Battle of Britain.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-story
Battle Of Britain was a very interesting book about WWII. I learnt a lot about the main character Harry Woods' life. It would of been really hard work being a RAF Pilot. Let alone driving a Spitfire. Harry is a smart young man and I liked his family. You can really see that the Germans were the villains. Mainly Hitler. Because I did feel sorry for the solider at the end. Harry meets him in the sea when they both parachute out from their plane. They have a little chat surprisingly and its not any ...more
A.R. Collins
For the most part, I didn't enjoy this book. I found the narrator/protagonist to be unlikeable; the 'I say' and 'all that rot' stuff in the dialogue felt very forced, and the narrative style was pretty boring. Only in the final chapter did the story come to life. With this, and the interesting historical notes and pictures at the end, I enjoyed my final session with this book - but it was rather too late!

I approve of the romantic element in this book, as it has been bothering me that the girls'
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book's plot was really good. I liked the way Priestley developed the internal characteristics of the fictional British World War II Pilot Harry Woods, the protagonist. For instance, the author described a scene where Harry saved a Nazi German from dying in the English Channel. This showed how he cared for everybody, even the horrible and vile Nazis! Also, I loved the details Priestley gave about the German and British (a.k.a. Royal Air Force) planes. Harry drove a RAF Spitfire and attacked t ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, ww2, england
A very boyish addition to the My Story series, about a young Spitfire pilot in the RAF during World War Two. Less of a diary format than the ones from female POVs - each chapter was longer and sort of a summary of a particular month passed, whereas the ones I've read with female narrators have all been outright diaries with entries for individual days. I liked this style better, actually - seems a lot less juvenile. It was interesting too! A lot more fact-driven than character-driven, we didn't ...more
Joshua Norman
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in World War II and is based on real events.

Battle of Britain is set around a character called Harry Woods. At the France had just been invaded by the Germans and a invasion of Britain was in threat. The RAF (Royal Air Force) was recruiting people to defend the skies of Britain. Harry Woods signs up as a pilot after enjoying flying a plane at a fair. Harry gets put into a spitfire after a 6 week training course. I have never been in the situations of the characters so I can't re
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The book is about a spitfire pilot called Harry fighting in the battle of Britain. The book consists of fragments about his past and the battle it self. I am not a fan of war books but it was written quite well. There is not only fighting in it but his life. There is also a few emotional and funny fragments.
I quite liked the book and enjoyed reading it with my school group of friends.

Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aimed at the 8-12 age group this is a short but interesting fictional first person account of the experiences of a Spitfire pilot in the Second World War. Whilst clearly a sanitised version to cater for the age group the story illustrates the time period well and also acts as a good stand alone story.
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
72/100 I thought this book was pretty good, but some parts were downright boring. There weren't many of these parts, but unfortunately some did exist, which is a real shame. However, it's a good book for anyone who wants to read about WWII
Toby Dralion
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
not bad.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-story
Great book about the battle of britain from a pilots point of view +its a short book so it will only take about a day to read(if your a quick reader)
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting Book
Very good
Lucas J
Apr 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Good book. I learnt some stuff from it too.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It was pretty cool.
Jacob Quinn
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
it was veary clever in the way the way it was reaten
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His father was in the army and so he moved around a lot as a child and lived in Wales. He was an avid reader of American comics as a child, and when he was eight or nine, and living in Gibraltar, he won a prize in a newspaper story-writing competition. He decided then “that my ambition was to write and illustrate my own book”.
He spent his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to Manchester,
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