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

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings her signature action-packed narrative style to one of the most crucial battles of WWII.
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. T
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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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
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
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, rc19
Harrowing and moving. It's clearly written, with masterful use of original sources to not only illumate various aspects of the operation, but to bring human faces and experiences to the story through their own words.
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
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, non-fiction
“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.”

Many parts would have been very dry to an 8-12-year-old me, but the first person accounts are compelling and moving.
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
American Mensa
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History by Deborah Hopkinson is a non-fiction book about the events of D-Day. This was an invasion of allied troops onto four German occupied beaches. It took months of painstaking planning and coordinated efforts of multiple nations to pull of this heroic feat. D-Day is widely considered one of the most important military efforts in history.

This book does an amazing job of bringing a pivotal point in human history to life. It shows the perspectives
Valerie McEnroe
This book is as good as it gets for a highly readable, nonfiction, war selection for kids. Getting kids to read about combat is not easy if it's not written in a style they can relate to. It needs to be as close to a narrative telling as it can get without crossing the line into fiction. Hopkinson tackles this challenge by telling the story from the perspective of real men who landed on the beaches of Normandy by air and sea. She is able to do this with a massive amount of quotes that makes it f ...more
Stephanie Bange
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: Reviewed from an ARC

Hopkinson is at her best in this introduction to the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

The book's focus is on the Americans at Utah and Omaha Beaches and the British action at the Pegasus and Horsa Bridges. Hopkinson opens the book by explaining the organization of military units, with a chart giving numbers of soldiers in each. She also explains some of the choices she made when referring to each in the text. The book is divided into six parts, often beginning with a
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Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and, as a love a good commemorative read, I listened to this book.

On June 6, 1944 the allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and began the final push that would end the war in Europe. This landing was product of months and years of planning and cost nearly 20,000 lives. Deborah Hopkinson's book is a great introduction to the Allied invasion. She
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
Jacob Rausch
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History" By Deborah Hopkinson is a book that gives a bit more detail into what most books give you about this one specific event during World War II that most other books don't give you. With this book having first hand accounts from people which survived these terrible days of bloodshed it really gives a sort of personal connection to the people that lived these moments. I would recommend this book to a friend if they needed to do a small history p ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A detailed look at the invasion of Normandy, France during WWII by the Allies that turned the tide of the war. This invasion is often referred to simply as D-Day. Many individual/personal accounts, lots of maps and charts. Incredibly thorough. Statistics and information that I was unaware of; shocking how many people were killed and wounded in this one day. Also saddening how black soldiers were still so poorly treated. Also astonishing how badly plans went astray and yet Allies were still victo ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this gave a great overview of the D-Day experience for the intended teen audience. It covers the planning, the preparation, the airborne assault with paratroopers, and the storming of Omaha and Utah beaches. Meticulously researched, the book allows the reader to see all the elements of that day without becoming overwhelmed in one aspect. Instead, the focus is on the deeply personal and compelling stories of the people who lived it. The quotes and first-person accounts are very powerful ...more
Molly Dettmann
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Pros: An engaging intro and overall accessible read about D-Day for middle school readers. I learned more about D-Day than I ever did in school.

Cons: Even though the book was really 300ish pages since the last bit was sources and such, I felt about halfway through that I was slogging through it. The beginning captured me, but then it didn’t continue at that pace to keep me engaged. It might be a harder sell for kids who aren’t already in love with books about history or war.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: with-my-ears
Excellent in-depth look at the invasions, particularly of the U.S. soldiers that landed at Omaha and Utah beaches. Divided into section that detail the history, the strategy, and the personal accounts. This format works really well in print but, unfortunately, doesn’t always translate effectively to audio.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
One of the most delightful accounts of D Day. It just feels like a chilly thriller even though every word and every line is just theory. What is the most amazing is the first hand account from real frontline soldiers, and rarest of rare photographs from the beaches. Brilliant. Totally worth the read. Will love to own it someday.
Geoffrey Sutton
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I listened to the audio version in advance of a trip to Normandy. The author provides a good summary and adds stories and quotes to make the narrative come alive. It’s an American history rather than an overview of the allied effort, which is fine but not evident from the title. One major negative is the reading of long urls preceded by a loud bell sound, which interrupts the audio narrative.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Much happened on D-Day, but Hopkinson has done an excellent job of telling a clear and page-turning story while presenting a lot of information. Great for research, but also a perfect for those who are just interested in WW II, from middle-schoolers to adults.
Becca Gibbons
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GREAT book for kids to learn about D-Day's history. Why it happened, how it happened, and what happened after. Many original sources and documents cited. Written in an engaging format with different accounts and how everyone helped make this pivotal battle happen from start to finish.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very well-researched, readable and thorough historical account of one of the world’s most important battles, which turned the tide of war, and eventually led to the liberation of Paris and the defeat of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Everyone should know this amazing story.
John Hartman
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Great book
Laura Raines
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well-written and thorough account for anyone wanting to understand more about the complexity of D-Day.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked it.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok. Uneven in parts and choppy. Best not to read in one sitting, but to pick up from time to time.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Could've been a little more consistent or chronological. But was very entertaining, eye-opening, and factual. I learned a lot from this book.
Neil Moran
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a young adult book and a good read for any adult who wants a good overview of D-Day. The author includes first hand accounts from some of the soldiers who survived this brutal conflict. Read this book and you will never take our freedom for granted.
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I write picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade fiction. I love history and visiting schools to talk to young readers (Pre-K - 8 and sometimes high schools).


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