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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,355 ratings  ·  297 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
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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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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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
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
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 ...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 ...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
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.
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 ...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 ...more
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
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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,
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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 ...more
Hugh Mcdonald
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allies by Alan Gratz is a work of historical fiction that tells the tragic, heroic, & gruesome story of D-Day from the perspective of soldiers and civilians that were part of or witness to the Allied invasion on June 6th, 1944. This is was another awesome book by Gratz, and I was hooked from cover to cover. A couple of my students have read this one already & thoroughly enjoyed it like I did. I can’t wait to share my review with my students & hopefully inspire more of them to pick ...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 ...more
Josephine
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 ...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 ...more
Kirsten
A thorough and relatively gentle (but not too gentle) overview of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944. So much went wrong for the Allied nations of England, Canada, the US and France. But just enough went right, that fateful day, to get a foothold on the continent and turn the tide of WWII. Gratz does a great job presenting lots of different points of view and then pulling a thread at the end of the novel that ties them all together. Well done. Again.
Heather
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.
Brilliant!
Ben
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was great! It helped me understand how D-day happened and how many sacrifices the allies made to change the tide of World War 2. it was a story of friendship teamwork and AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eric
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.
Tyler Miller
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good book about War and would rate 8.5/10.
Andrew
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book that keeps you involved in the story. Many unacpecting twist and turns throughout the entire story.
Toni
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.
Kylie
Grades 5+. Multiple, diverse perspectives on D-Day. Intense battle scenes, death, and violence, but all necessary to adequately explain the circumstances. Good for readers who want excitement and aren't too sensitive. Characters range from about 11 to 19, but most are older teens; audience, however, is younger. Read an ARC.
Collin
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 starts. Another great book by Gratz. Hits even harder when you have actually visited the towns and the beaches where the invasion took place.

I really like how he pulls together different story lines that connect and overlap somehow. I also really like how he ties in contributions made by the Allies on the main front, but also the numerous contributions that were made behind enemy lines to aid the invasion. He does a great job bringing light to the racism within the Allies as well as
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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
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