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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  591 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.
June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming togeth
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow. Alan Gratz does it again. Was lucky enough to get an ARC from a bookstore employee friend. This book will be devoured by all of my readers who love reading about World War II.
Alex  Baugh
Beginning just before dawn on June 6th, 1944 and ending close to midnight on the same day, Gratz weaves together six unrelated perspectives that bring the D-Day landings to life in all its chaotic, grim reality.

Private Dee Carpenter is a 16-year-old who lied about his age to get into the Army, but since they needed soldiers, the Army looked the other way. Dee and Sid Jacobstein became friends right from the start in boot camp. But Dee wonders what Sid, a Jewish American, would think
Melanie Dulaney
307 action-packed pages covering one single day in history: D-Day. Told predominantly from the perspectives of a 16 year old German immigrant to the US who became a soldier in the army, a young Canadian paratrooper, a child with parents active in the French Resistance, and a barely teenaged French girl with a penchant for medicine, Alan Gratz immerses the reader into the grim realities of the invasion and gives only a few, brief breaks in the intensity of that very real bloodbath. In particular, ...more
Lori Emilson
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars for this newest title of Gratz’s. I know many students who will eagerly devour this book. For me, it was a bit too violent (it’s about D-Day - I know I should expect that), but there were so many characters to follow. Note to teachers: have students keep a list of characters and what we know about them, as an organizational tool.

The author’s notes at the back of the book are very interesting, but there is one error. Gratz writes that many Canadians looking for battle chose to enlist
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alan Gratz does an amazing job of weaving together multiple stories that occur over the course of D-Day, including a German-American solider storming the beach, a French resistance fighter, and a black medic. Each story is unique and heart-breaking in their own way, and this is certainly going to be a crowd-pleaser with middle school readers.
Laura Gardner
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
My students who are obsessed with D-Day and war in general are probably going to love this book. I’ll be interested to hear what other librarians think of this one. I usually LOVE Gratz’s books, but this one missed the mark for me. There are over 5 character perspectives and a couple of them were adults. It was interesting to see the war from the perspective of Dee (age 16), who was German-born, but whose family left Germany as political dissidents when he was young. Henry, a Black medic, was my ...more
Dan Curnutt
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a staccato fire method Alan Gratz takes the Young Adult Reader through the lives of several very young teenage individuals during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. From the Canadian Paratrooper, to the American GI, the British Tank Driver, the young French Resistance warrior, the young French Teenager who comes to the aid of the wounded Allied Soldiers and finally a Black Medic from America who saves the lives of many even under the fierce machine gun fire of the Germans, whether they want a Bl ...more
Luke Quaranta
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allies is Saving Prt. Ryan for kids! D-Day was one of the most important days of the last 100 years, and kids today need to fully understand the importance of that day. I feel that Alan Gratz does a masterful job writing this book. Allies takes place over just one day! 307 pages over one day! How awesome!!! The character of Dee is excellent. His voice is genuine and you truly feel for him throughout the book. The secondary characters are sprinkled in nicely. At one point Dee’s story was getting ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this latest historical fiction novel by Alan Gratz! This time, he shows us how various allies helped fight against the Nazis on June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day. The reader experiences the invasion from the points of view of an American soldier who storms Omaha beach via a Higgins boat, as well as a medic attending to the wounded on the beach, a Canadian paratrooper, a British tank operator, a French spy, and a French volunteer. Although demonstrating a collaboratively planned invasio ...more
Lorie Barber
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this Gratz HF in one intense sitting. Told from multiple points-of-view, Allies tackles D-Day’s first 24 hours. Additionally, because many of the characters - main and supporting - are or have suffered from oppression, this book is a look at social issues last and present. From racism (against Black & Indigenous Peoples), to sexism; from anti-semitism to the dangers of an authoritarian government, there are so many threads that will be familiar to today’s students. It’s those threads th ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gratz once again gets our hearts racing with his fast paced novel about real events in America History and more. This is multifaceted imagery of the D-Day invasion. Right off, we meet our first heroes, just before dawn on June 6, 1944. They are two American soldiers, 16-year-old Dee, from Philadelphia by way of Germany, (but that’s a secret), and 17-year-old Sid, a Jewish American from New York. They are thrown from their boats into the mayhem of the English Channel to storm the Normandy beaches ...more
Wow!!! I could not put this down. It might be my favorite Gratz book.
This is the story of D-Day as told from the allies. Allies like Dee, a German-born American soldier. And Bill, a British tank driver. And James, a Canadian paratrooper. And many more.
Gratz does an amazing job at putting us right in the horrific nightmare of the battle. From the paratroopers that landed hours before, to the French resistance fighters, to the soldiers who landed on the beach.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book let me view the invasion of Normandy from multiple perspectives. I found a lot of information I didn't know about D-Day in this moving book . It was awesome! I recommend this book to any who is looking for historical fiction.
Patti Sabik
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Wow! Again another Alan Gratz novel I couldn’t put down and stayed up way too late to finish. Frenetic, fast-paced D-day Invasion told from many POVs in classic heartfelt Gratz style.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again Alan Gratz pulls off a story with multiple perspectives and lots of action. A good fast read and a definite hit with kids that don’t usually like to read.
Nicholas Eicher
This was a good book for me because it was based on WWII. Alan Gratz always gives good detail in his books and it makes them feel alive. I also like how he tells it in different perspectives of people in the war. He also adds personal stuff to the characters, so it's not just about WWII, it's also about there personal life too. That stuff all together makes a good book and he did a good job with it. My favorite part was when Samaria meets the old man thinking he was helping the Nazi's but he was ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down and finished it in 24 hours!
Nathan Estrada
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nathan Estrada 10/15/19
Allies Alan Gratz
Some spoilers !!

This book was good. I liked how the author changes different characters. It was also really sad. So many people that Dee knew was dead.
In the beginning of the story,it talks about how he was feeling when he was on the boat heading to Normandy. I was really surprised that Dee was a german.
It was sad how this girl lost her mother from the germans, and she was hiding away from the germans.
Then it switched over to James. He was
Liz Friend
The story: It was the biggest military invasion in the history of the world: June 6, 1944. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians took part, and "Allies" tells the stories of soldiers invading the beaches, civilians helping sabotage railroads, medics helping clear the beaches and tend to the wounded. If you ever thought you get multiple "lives" while you level up in a real war, you should read this book.

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Violence PG-13; Sexual content G; N
Ms. Yingling
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

I love Gratz's work; Prisoner B-3087 was brilliant, Code of Honor was riveting, and Grenade blew me away. I guess I just reached saturation point with WWII, and there's been a few things done about D-Day. This has three points of view, including a French Algerian girl, and that's interesting but also a little confusing. Like Refugee, the minute I got invested in one story, the book picked up the thread of another. I will definitely purchase this, but i
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allies is a brilliant, edge-of-your-seat, moment-by-moment account of the events of World War II’s infamous D-Day, June 6, 1944. Nimbly weaving the stories of many Allied representatives, Gratz gives us six perspectives of those first 24 hours that turned the tide of the war. While it’s often hard to read about the violence and death of that day, those stories need to be told. Gratz provides us an honest look at the day’s events, while imparting hope through the up-close-and-personal accounts of ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Battle of Normandy, codenamed Operation Overlord, began on June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control (

In Alan Gratz’s new novel
Mandy Stallard
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookposse
When I think of Alan Gratz, I think of amazing historical fiction novels, and his upcoming book, Allies, is no exception. Gratz weaves together multiple stories, which all take place within one 24 hour period: D-Day. The book is divided into different operations, but as always, the characters within each operation connect in various ways throughout the book. We first meet Dee, a young "American" who is actually a German ex-patriot, fighting beside his best friend Sid who happens to be Jewish and ...more
Lonna Pierce
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"We are stronger together." This theme reiterates throughout this thrilling historical fiction novel as Gratz tells the true stories of men and women from different nationalities, countries, and races all working together feverishly to defeat the Axis powers during the 24 hellish hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Dee Carpenter (born Dedrick Zimmerman,) his Jewish pal, Sid, Bill from Liverpool & named after William the Conqueror who loves the Bayeux Tapestry, Black medic Henry, modeled after cour ...more
Sarah ಠᴗಠ
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a quick review, might come edit this later. I loved this book. (I actually liked Refugee better) This book is full of action and has great characters. I would recommend this book if you enjoyed Refugee. Unlike Refugee, it all is around the same time. I wouldn't recommend this book if you fall in love with characters the instant you read about them b/c warning thee are definitely death factors in this book, and your book would be sodden if you cry every time a character dies. In case that sounde ...more
Laura Thomas
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allies takes place over 24 hours beginning just before the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The book tells multiple stories of people from French Resistance members to British, Canadian, and American armed forces member. Each story feels cut off, chaotic, and incomplete. While these are normally negative qualities in a narrative, it works well in Allies to create the feeling of chaos that was present during the invasion of France that day. Many of the stories are cut off because the cha ...more
Laurie Hnatiuk
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
First off I love that hot new releases such as this one from @alangratz_bestauthor are available as audiobooks via @stoonlibrary So enjoying the many Cdn connections especially James from my hometown of Winnipeg. Fans of Gratz is earlier novels on the topic of war will not be disappointed. Told from multiple perspectives we hear about various operations on D Day June 6 1994 and how allies from different countries, gender, and race are stronger together.

The audio version was well done with diffe
Kate Waggoner
Another amazing middle grades historical fiction novel by Alan Gratz. I love his use of multiple perspectives and how he masterfully ties them all together. The perspectives in this book included individuals from diverse backgrounds and countries including American soldiers, a British tank platoon, Canadian paratroopers, a young Algerian girl who is part of the French resistance, an African American medic, a young French girl with dreams of being a doctor, and a female American journalist posing ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grantz's newest historical-fiction novel for children is set during the first 24 hours of the D-Day landing. Per usual Grantz uses multiple narrators to tell his story. Dee, is the narrator that dominates much of the story. He is a German born and 16 years of age who moved to America with his parents to flee the Nazis, but he lied about his age to join the Army. His unit lands on the slaughterhouse of Omaha Beach. The other narrators are Samira a French national of Algerian descent who is helpin ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a good introduction to WW2 and to D-Day for kids in 5th and up who are interested. Some reviewers rate it as grades 4-8, but I felt like it was a little bloody (it IS about D-Day) for more sensitive readers. I would have let my kids read it come 5th grade, but some parents may think it is too violent. It weaves the stories of several characters - a young GI (Dee), a medic (Hank), an English tank driver, an Algerian girl, a French girl - all part of June 6. The GI, tank, and medic st ...more
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Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, home of the 1982 World's Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master's degree in English education.
In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential
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