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The Sniper

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Stalingrad snipers were legends in their time. Their patience, keen eyes, and ruthlessness helped win the Battle of Stalingrad and turn the tide of the Second World War. James Riordan visited Stalingrad in 1959 and several times later. In 2006 he met Tania Chernova, whose story was so fascinating that Riordan made her the heroine of this compelling novel. The year is 1942. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Daisy May Johnson
I first came across James Riordan with his excellent The Cello so I was interested to discover this title whilst browsing the shelves recently. It's set in Stalingrad in 1942 and, I think, spectacularly misleading in how it's presented. The cover to me is resolutely masculine with a figure that is too indistinct to accurately gender. The blurb on the back pages obviously (and awkwardly) avoids using gendered pronouns, referring to the true story of a 'teenage sniper recruited in 1942 ... the you ...more
Levi Greening
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This book is about a girl named Tania Chernovia. She is a legendary sniper in World War Two. The book starts when Tania is at school one day in the town of Stalingrad. Stalingrad is in Russia. They were outside at recess when all of a sudden they saw bee shaped things really far up in the sky. What they didn't know is that they were the Germans starting to devastate their town. All of a sudden it started raining down bombs. The whole Russian country was about to get into the great war named Wo
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a teenage girl who is driven out of her home in Stalingrad during the German raid, also known as Operation Barbarossa. She had gone to school one day and a military officer walked in. He hand-picked soldiers that look good enough to fight in the war. The others that he didn't pick became anti-aircraft artillery crews, and they were positioned for days. Then once the girl, named Tania, left the artillery, she became a Secret Police member. She didn't hold that position long eit ...more
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Name: Beyersdorf Carson

Book title: The Sniper

Personal Response:
I personally liked this book because of my interest in the time period. The book lets the reader know about a female schoolgirl who overcomes her fear of killing and kills about 84 Germans. The story takes you on an adventure of grief, joy, and pain.

Plot summary:
Tania Belova is a 16 yr old girl helping her school dig sandbags when they are attacked by German aircraft. When they get back to school Tania and her classmates are drafted
Ricky Schroeder
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this book is really good. I never got bored while reading it and it kept me interested in it the whole time.

In the beginning of the book this 16 year old girl Tania is in a class when her school gets bombed. Then she has to carry her friend to the hospital who got badly injured. Tania then got drafted into the army, she was hoping to be a nurse for the army she she could help people. But she was positioned into an anti aircraft unit. She shot down nine German planes in four days. When sh
Garrett Pope
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I thought that this book was all right for being a realistic fiction book about World War II. The only bad part about this book was one sappy love scene. Otherwise, the book was pretty good.

Plot: The Sniper by James Riordan is about a girl who becomes a really good Stalingrad sniper in World War II. Tania Chernova was just an ordinary school girl, until the day the Germans invaded Stalingrad. She was assigned the job of shooting the anti-aircraft gun. Tania shot down nine Ge
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book begins with the very grisly details of a sniper doing its job during WWII and the attack of the Germans on Stalingrad, Russia. The very next chapter begins the story of Tania Belov, a 16-year-old girl who is a very simple student with dreams of becoming a nurse someday at the start of the attack on Stalingrad. When word of the Germans closing in on Stalingrad begins, she and her classmates are first commissioned to try to sandbag around the petrol tanks in hopes of saving them but then ...more
Carter Greening
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely good. The plot is very attractive in my opinion. The main character, Tonia, is followed as she fights to protect as well as survive the the invasion of Stalingrad. Combining historical and fictional information, this book is perfect for any reader.
Brent Minery
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fast paced action packed book and i would recommend it to all readers
Jon K
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It had tons of action. at the end it had an interveiw of a world war 2 soldier. It had a lot of detail and very interesting
Ricky Branch
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
It wasnt interesting at all i got bored and sleepy while reading it
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book takes place in Russia. The main character is Tania, a young girl which I’m guessing is around 14-15 years old. During the book, Taina’s views on war changed. In the beginning of the book, she wanted to be a medic, but when the general told her that she is now a sniper she didn't agree. When she was being transported around, the driver told her his beliefs on war, kill or be killed. That changed the whole war for her.

While reading this book made me think and wonder about many things. Ac
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A short novel, but a very well told story, rich with the details of the struggle in Stalingrad. When I started this book I had no idea the main protagonist would be a young girl. I thought it would be another story centred mostly around Vasily Zaitsev, the famous Russian sniper. While he is featured, the story follows a young 16 year old girl who is eventually trained by Zaitsev.

I haven't read many war books and I found that the descriptions and details shared by the writer created a very real e
Jack Koss
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book with a lot of twists
Justin Wachs
Personal Response
I liked this book. I liked how they incorporated actual events from real life. And I enjoyed the action scenes.

Tina is just enjoying a day at school when her school is bombed by Germans. She is then thrown into a military unit that shoots down enemy planes. Then she is moved into a sniper position with a girl from her school. Her first mission goes terribly wrong and seven of her squad is killed. Her next mission a girl steps on a landmine and is killed, but besides that
Tayler Carpenter
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Logan Bartel
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
Personal Response
I liked this book because I enjoy reading books about war. I also liked this book because my grandpa fought in WWII, and this book was based in that time. Another reason I liked the book was because I feel like the author did a good job making sure all the events in the book were based on real life events in the war.

Plot Summary
The book starts out with a girl from Stalingrad, Russia,named Tania. She was just sitting at school during the beginning of WWII when a military officer
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Ubriaco The Sniper Book Review

The battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest battles in history; this battle was fought in the streets and buildings of Stalingrad. Buildings, which soon became ruins. “The Sniper” by James Riordan takes place in Stalingrad during World War II and is the true story of a female sniper in the battle of Stalingrad.

The main character’s name is Tania Belova; her character is based on the real sniper of Stalingr
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tania Chernovia was a young Russian schoolgirl who went to school in a town called Stalingrad. As she enjoyed recess one afternoon, German planes suddenly swooped down and showered the city with bombs and bullets, initiating World War Two. Tania Chernovia survived the attacks and was selected to be an anti-aircraft gunner where she was stationed briefly, shooting down over 8 enemy planes. After suffering an injury in the line of duty, Tania suddenly wakes up, still wounded, in her home, where sh ...more
Rhonda Powling
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
The Battle of Stalingrad cost over a million lives but changed the course of the Second World as it was the first time the German forces tasted defeat. The snipers used by the Soviet forces in Stalingrad became legendary. They were trained in patience and reached an amazing level of accuracy for hitting their target. They also developed a ruthlessness that helped them tip the balance in the Battle of Stalingrad
Tania Belova, the main character, is 16 when she leaves school to help to defend the S
Nathaniel Klitzke
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok

If you know you had an advantage in warfare would you make the difference and play your role? Now what if I say it's in the bloodiest battle in history that lasted two years and took two million lives. The typical rifleman sees what he is shooting at 10% of the times but you will have to see it 100% of the time. Every friendly or enemy death is in your clear view. You will let your friends die so you can get one shot on a hostile. Doesn't matter what you say because you have to say ye
Joshua Malek
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
World War II has always been a topic of interest for many. The Sniper by James Riordan puts a new perspective on the war of wars. The book starts in Stalingrad with a sixteen year old girl, Tania. The year is 1942 and war is knocking on Russia’s door. Tania forcefully learns to come of age very fast as the invasion of Stalingrad begins by the Nazi Wehrmacht. She battles through difficulties as she is separated from her family and enlisted by the Red Army as a batter gunner. She also runs vital ...more
Caroline Keeth
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just finished this about 20 minutes ago.

I'm a sucker for WWII stories and when I saw this at the library I grabbed it.
I am thankful to say I wasn't disappointed.

One of my favorite things, I think, is the fact that every character was based off of a real person. This was all taken from true events (though sometimes what the character is going through might not be what the person they're based off of went though, but it did happen)
It really gives you insight into war and how hard it was and how "
Wes H
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't realize this was a YA book when I ordered it, and I'm still a little surprised that someone actually wrote a book about the Battle of Stalingrad for young people. Riordan's portrayal of the relationship between Zaitsev and Tania doesn't mesh with what I've read elsewhere, but this is a kids' book. Riordan doesn't shy away from decribing deaths and general nastiness, but he seems detached or dispassionate at times- like he's just describing what happened but doesn't really care. Overall, ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Written for a younf audience this book can be equally enjoyed by adults. A quick but powerful read based on real people and events during The Great PAtriotic War and specifically the Battle of Stalingrad. This sort of book helps to keep the memory of those times alive. Having recently visited "Stalingrad" myself I found the book especially poignant and powerful. Would highly recommend this as a gift for any teen / young adult and equally a good read for all. ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a very well writin' book. This book tells the story of young Tania who's hometown was attacked by the German's in World war 2. Tania is drafted into the Russian military as a anti air gunner but quickly change's as the war progresses. As you follow her long and difficult journey you will discover there is more to Tania than meets the eye. As she discover's her own blood lust for the German "sticks" and no longer cares about killing in cold blood. ...more
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