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D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History (Scholastic Focus)

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The WWII invasion known as D-Day was the largest military endeavor in history. By June 6, 1944, Hitler and his allies had a strong grip on the European continent, where Nazi Germany was engaged in the mass extermination of the Jewish people. The goal of D-Day was the total defeat of Hitler's regime, and the defense of free democracies everywhere. Knowing they had to breach ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Heidi
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are many books available about the D-Day Invasion of World War II. But because so many people were involved, there are endless ways for the story to be told. In addition, for the same reason, authors have to pick and choose what information to share, there is simply too much to share in any one book. Plus, no two authors tell the story in the same way. Thus, there is a place for Hopkinson's book on the subject. And she's done a fabulous job in sharing the information in a way that works fo ...more
Alicia
The book tries to do too much. Between the layout in which Hopkinson has briefings, strategies, voices, readers's additions, dispatches, notebooks, etc. I wished she had stuck to just one or two angles to cover the invasion that changed history. But of course, she also mentions, there's just so much to cover. I think it got muddled in it's delivery and will be interesting to those that enjoy the subject matter, but unfocused and hard to connect with if you'd like to learn about something that yo ...more
Gilbert
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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“The invasion, which is so many things, is also a mountain range of orders; hence of farewells, of empty places at the table, of incomplete Christmases, uncelebrated anniversaries, untaken weekends, and of changed lives here, there, and on the way over.”

A good overview of D-day, Deborah Hopkinson writes sturdily and concisely, though often tries covering too much too fast. I liked that she focuses on how the Normandy invasion impacted individuals, letting the voices of veterans move the narra
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Kathy Martin
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story about D-Day brings to life, through the words of a few of the participants, the planning, horrors, and triumphs of one of the most important battles of the Second World War. Hopkinson focuses mainly on the American contribution to the battle.

The story is broken into small chunks with frequent "Look, Listen, Remember" sections that give links to further information about the current topic. Sections called "Briefings" and "Reader's Invasion Briefing" provide a wider context to the the
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Sunday Cummins
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kind of book you don’t want to put down. For sophisticated YA and adult readers. I thought I knew about D-Day, but as I began to read this book, I realized I had no idea what a complex operation this was--the covert planning and the freaking size of this plan. 13,000 U.S. paratroopers jumped out of planes. Some 57,000 stormed the beaches at Normandy. Others were brought in on "horsas" --airplane "gliders" made of balsa wood that were pulled by bigger planes and then let go to glide into enem ...more
Laura Petrie
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of the book— all opinions are my own. I remember my history teachers talking about the significance of D-Day to the Allies in World War II, but I never really personally understood why this was such an important event until reading this book. In this nonfiction narrative, Deborah Hopkinson gives the reader an account of this crucial military endeavor. She starts with all the planning that went into it, all of the action during the invasio ...more
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Amazing detail about D-Day - particularly fascinating to me is all the work that went into launching the invasion. We often read about the invasions themselves but rarely do we get such insight into the challenges and scope of the process to make the battle happen.
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I write picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade fiction. I love history and visiting schools to talk to young readers.

My new books in 2018 include ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY JANE AUSTEN, D-DAY: The Invasion that Changed History, WHAT IS THE WOMEN's RIGHTS MOVEMENT? and UNDER THE BODHI TREE. Forthcoming in Spring 2019 is HOW I BECAME A SPY, a middle grade spy novel set in WWII.

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