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A New York Times bestseller!

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
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Josiah
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Having done several previous successful junior novels about World War II, Alan Gratz released Allies in 2019, taking us into the heat of battle on June 6, 1944 at Normandy. Through the eyes of a cast of characters ranging from civilians to soldiers, spies to medics, we witness the twenty-four hours that turned the tide of war against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. The story begins with Dee Carpenter, his boisterous friend Sid Jacobstein, and their brigade of fellow American soldiers traveling by b ...more
Jill Williamson
I love historical fiction for kids. It’s such a great way for them to learn and read simultaneously—and in regard to books about wars, help kids understand the sacrifices their ancestors made so that they could live in peace and freedom. This story focuses on World War II, specifically D-Day in Normandy. The book is well-written and appropriate for kids, tastefully writing about a tragic and horrible subject without graphically adding scenes of violence that was present everywhere.

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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
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle-grade, Y.A., and history buffs of all ages
Can one day, one 24-hour period, effect the course of the entire world? With this historical fiction book about the events of of June 6, 1944, Alan Gratz answers that question. He introduces four main young-adult characters from very different backgrounds, but all with the same goal; to defeat the Nazis at all costs. Their stories of the responsibilities they take upon themselves on D-Day are woven together with the themes of loyalty and courage in the midst of horrific events.
I think this book
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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
Jaymie
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy his books. I learn so much! I didn’t really connect with any characters individually. I did love their intertwining stories and the history learned here about D-day. Each character from a different background and country all working for the same cause.
I had never heard about “IF day” in Winnipeg. So interesting!
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 if he found
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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
Bev
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been to Omaha Beach, Bayeux, and many of the tiny villages in the area. I have been inside bunkers I have been to Pointe du Hoc where so many Americans lost their lives. I have visited the American Cemetery to pay honor to the thousands of heroes. I have watched many documentaries about WWII. So I can imagine D-Day very vividly. This book, while fiction, gives the reader insight into that pivotal event in the war. That said, at times I felt like I was reading a YA novel. It was too simple ...more
Melanie
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.
Linda
Here is a story for readers who may not know what D-Day really meant in all its horror, yet triumph, too. The relationships already there, then made during the battle are not as deeply shown. After all, it is only the description of one day. Yet the gathering together of all the parts, all the people who fought, perhaps fell, perhaps survived, beautifully exemplifies the definition of 'allies', which is "to unite or form a connection or relation between". The code name examples like "Operation O ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
An intense and fast paced sprint that unravels over the course of just one day! That day is: June 6, 1944 otherwise known as D-Day. This title has multiple points of view wound through an alternating narrative. Characters are very real as you are reading and developed past the crisis and drama of the setting. This book touches on sexism and racism as well as the violence or war. My favorite thing is the end of the book where Gratz discusses the sources and the facts versus his fictional narrativ ...more
Mistu Shipper
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, it was a really intriguing book! Simplistic yet so so good. The description, the characters, everything. Love how it acknowledges that it acknowledges so many perspectives during the war, and not just the typical young man fighting in a war. There’s James, Canadian paratrooper, Samira, Algerian girl in the French Resistance, Monique, a woman that helped D-Day soldiers, and so many more. Each perspective was enlightening, and provided context of how everyone was contributing to make D-Day a ...more
Norman
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although there were many plot twists that made the story interesting, I would probably want to know more about Dee and Sid's background as citizens of the United States.
Alyssa
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.
Josephine Sorrell
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
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 it will proba
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Carter Lewis
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book that takes place on june 4th 1944 ( D-day, a very important battle during WW2) D-day was a battle on the north of france. The Nazis had taken over france and this was the battle that begun the liberation of france. This book includes lots of fictional characters that fought in this battle. This is the character that interest me most: Dee. He was born in Germany and moved to the U.S when hitler and the nazis came to power. His best friend sid doesent know and Dee would lik ...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
K.
Trigger warnings: death, war, explosions, gun violence, racism, racial slurs, antisemitism, bullying, train accident, mass slaughter, medical procedures.

The first Alan Gratz book I ever read was Refugee, and it absolutely blew me away. But honestly? I think I started with his best book and as a result, all of the others have been good but not as amazing as I wanted them to be.

This was fast-paced and action-packed and did a reasonable job of showing how many moving parts were involved in D-Day.
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Alicia
This was breathtaking and action-packed. I haven't been entranced with Gratz's works like others but this one absolutely rose to the occasion and felt like it was over too soon, but it was actually just the right amount of story for a perfection historical fiction middle grade that ACTUALLY incorporated four different character stories that intertwined on some level by the end (a Gratz thing).

Dee is an ex-German fighting for the Americans hiding his identity as an ex-German, an Algerian girl wh
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Kate
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction and multiple plot lines
Wow. Okay. So, I rate this book 3.25 stars for a couple of reasons.

1) The writing was good and it did really pull me in at the beginning. After the first little bit of the book though, it just didn't interest me anymore and it became boring and hard to get through.

2) There were so many plot-lines and it was so hard to follow along. Keeping track of who died, who was a pilot, who was a medic, who was hurt, and who wasn't hurt was so hard! Every few chapters it would switch characters, and I can'
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LeeAnne
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite of Alan Gratz’s books - and I’ve probably said that after each book of his I’ve read. In this one, he weaves together several different stories to all come together in the end, much like he did in Refugee.

It’s June 6, 1944 - D-Day in Normandy, France.

Dee, an American soldier has signed up early, at 16, to fight in Germany along side his best friend in the Army, Sid.

Samira, the daughter of French-Algerians battling in the Resistance, suddenly finds herself alone fight
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Luke Quaranta
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
Rachel Knuttel
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

Alan Gratz does it again! He’s an author I can always trust to deliver an exciting and meaningful story - and one that teaches me something about history! ALLIES is the story of D-Day. For 24 hours it follows a cast of characters who work separately and together to drive the Nazis out of Germany. Gratz made sure that lots of different people who participated in the war were represented: Americans, Cana
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Linda Wolfe
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle Grade
There are so many reviews for books. I chose to write my feelings about the book. You will have to look elsewhere for a review.
I bought this book for my grandson because he (and I) are fans of Gratz, and Gratz doesn’t disappoint. The horrors of Omaha Beach on D-Day are factual enough to satisfy middle grade readers who are beginning to want the raw details and not the softer versions we must necessarily give to younger students. Katz includes the difficulties of being a black medic (although dur
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Kristin
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
Serenity
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher through my district library services*

I will admit, this book was very difficult for me to read. Not because it was poorly written, but because there is a lot of blood and gore. Gratz provides a lot of details about the soldiers' experiences during the battles, so you see a lot of death and detailed descriptions of the battle scenes and injuries.

That said, the characters' stories were engaging (although Samira's drops off pretty quic
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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 that m ...more
Andrea
Dec 06, 2019 added it
Over the brake i read ‘’Allies’’ by, alan gratz and i kind of like it, i decided to read this book because it was related to what i like and I was always interested in wars and what happens during them and what happened before we were born. This book was great because it had exciting events and there was a girl who’s mom was taken by the nazis and two friends who are about to go to battle with the germans. This book could be better if there was more of that and, sometimes it got boring and the e ...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, Alan has
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