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Behind Enemy Lines: True Stories of Amazing Courage

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Behind Enemy Lines tells the stories of 8 real-life heroes.

America’s First Spy (Nathan Hale)
Revolutionary War: 1776

Crossing the Line (Sarah Emma Edmonds)
Civil War: 1862

Flight of the Wing Walker (Tommy Sneum
World War II: 1941

Major League Espionage (Moe Berg)
World War II: 1943

Escape from France! (Virginia D'Albert-Lake)
World War II: 1944

Out of the Jungle (Dieter Dengler)
Paperback, 140 pages
Published 2009 by Scholastic Books
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Jul 03, 2017 Olivia rated it really liked it
Great Collection of Amazing Stories
Dalton Bodreau
Jun 30, 2014 Dalton Bodreau rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Behind Enemy Lines by Bill Doyle. The book was extremely interesting and at points pretty inspiring. All of the stories, names, dates and locations were real. It was filled with 8 action-packed short stories detailing the courage and selflessness of soldiers, spies, and sometimes random civilians from around the world. I learned about many people who had such an overwhelming amount of patriotism that they risked their lives in the name of freedom. I really enjoyed the p ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Richardhd96 rated it really liked it
"Behind Enemy Lines" includes eight true stories about men and women who go on daring missions and escapes to help our country. In one story there is a riot going on during the Civil War. Emma Edmonds is disguised as a soldier, Frank Tomson. She wanted to fight for her home, but since she was a woman she wasn't allowed to, so she disguised herself as a man. She became a spy for the Union and her first mission was to find out how many guns the Confederates had. She disguised herself as a slave an ...more
Noah Todd
Dec 20, 2016 Noah Todd rated it it was amazing
The book is great i love the history and bravery in the book. This book is great if you like war books and intense kind of books.
Thomas woodbery
May 02, 2013 Thomas woodbery rated it it was amazing
This book has many stories about heroic people risking thier lives for the freedom of our country.
Taylor Carter
May 17, 2013 Taylor Carter rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was really good and I lived the book from start to finish because its something that I am going to do for my future. Joining the national guard as a 19 delta cavalry scout
May 15, 2017 Kale rated it liked it
Shelves: wjhs, non-fiction, action
I enjoyed this book because it told me all the stories are based true. I thought this was interesting because these people risked their lives to save us. This book is mostly about true stories telling us that these important people risked their lives to save ours. In this book it shows amazing courage and determination to help their own side so that they could end the wars that are taking place. My favorite part from this book was when Emma dressed up as a boy just so she could help her side win ...more
Owen Oakes
Jun 01, 2017 Owen Oakes rated it really liked it
I Liked the book Behind enemy lines because it showed how much courage it took to be a spy and work for many governments. I really liked Historical Facts the book talked about.
Zack Hadley
Mar 15, 2011 Zack Hadley rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting in its layout. It had a table of contents like any other book, but it listed the stories in chronological order and gave the page number they could be found on. Each story was different, ranging from land operations, to underwater expeditions, to stories of survival, and much more. Each person in the stories displayed bravery second to none. The people also didn't do it for the glory, or the reward, but for serving their country, regardless of their gender, age, or ...more
Laura Verret
In this collection of daring spy stories, Bill Doyle recounts the legendary adventures of Nathan Hale, Private Frank Thompson, Tommy Sneum, Moe Berg, Virginia d’Albert-Lake, Dieter Dengler, Lieutenant Troy Weltz, and Master Sergeant Martin Moore in their services during the American War for Independence, War Between the States, World War II, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and Iraq War.

I had only heard one of the stories before (that of Private Emma “Frank” Thompson), but they were all riveting. Each of
Oct 18, 2010 Marcus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-quarter
This book was better than I thought. It is about spies and important people that changed how the war was fought. The book starts out with the First American Spy this happened in the revolutionary war: 1776. Next is Crossing the Line, Civil War: 1862. After that it is flight of the wing walker WW2 1941. The next one is Major League Espionage WW2 1943. After that it is Escape from France WW2 1944. Following that we have Out of the Jungle Vietnam war: 1966. The next is Dark Waters of Desert Storm, ...more
Aaron R
Jan 06, 2013 Aaron R rated it really liked it
The war behind enemy lines. Well that is the book Behind Enemy Lines by Bill Doyle. The protagonist in this story is John on the U.S., fighting the war. The antagonist Jim is on the Japanese side. The theme is, even though you don’t want to do it, you do it. The conflict is that he got shot and he cannot heal from the shot. The setting is in Japan.

The best part in the story is the middle, when the war is going on, because I like reading about war and fighting and guns. John is 18 years old, an
Oct 15, 2011 Patrick rated it really liked it
I thought that this book takes you to the life that a soldier lives. The magnificent stories that it tells are mind blowing. All the obstacles these veterans had to overcome were truly amazing. Hearing about war stories from the source is much more real then hearing stories from people that weren't actually in war. I would recommend this book to teenagers and tell tell them that if they really like to be told the stories of real life home front then this is the book for them. Everybody should be ...more
behind enemy lines are talking about diffrent spy's to see if what there enemy's are doing. they have to disgues to make sure that there enemy's do not receanis them. there story of one a generl whats to know what there enemy's are doing. then they come back to there base and tell there generl to tell them what happend where they where at. at the end they will know what to do the spy the enemy's had to get the spy and take them to a place in public or privet so that they will kill them. and then ...more
Nicolas Sherman
May 21, 2014 Nicolas Sherman rated it liked it
While I prefer to mix my selection of stories to read, I simply cannot deny a good “based on a true story” book, which is why this book appealed to me. The book consisted of several stories, including those of the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War II, and more present-day operations against terrorism in Iraq. These are stories of spies, double-agents, assassins, and other undercover workers in the war process. My favorite quote was “After all, she was a woman disguised as a man disgu ...more
Jaclyn Kruljac
Mar 17, 2015 Jaclyn Kruljac rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
Behind Enemy Lines was an inspiring book filled with true stories of brave Americans who demonstrated strong acts of courage and patriotism. This book is filled with eight real life stories about spies and undercover workers in war from significant wars in our history including the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWII and the War in Iraq. These stories allow the reader to connect to what it is like to be in war time and the risks that these people took for freedom. The information presented ...more
Kay Mcgriff
May 24, 2013 Kay Mcgriff rated it liked it
These stories highlight deeds of derring-d0 from wars throughout our history, from Nathan Hale in the American Revolution to Green Berets in the Iraq War. One of my favorites is the story of Emma Edmonds, who pretended to be Private Frank Thompson in the Civil War. Not only did she pull of her disguise as a man in the Union army, but she also created multiple other disguises in her work as a Union spy. I had also never hear of Moe Berg, a Major League Baseball player, who used his talent for lea ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Johnny added it
This book was better than I thought. It is about spies and important people that changed how the war was fought. The book starts out with the First American Spy this happened in the revolutionary war: 1776. Next is Crossing the Line, Civil War: 1862. After that it is flight of the wing walker WW2 1941. The next one is Major League Espionage WW2 1943. After that it is Escape from France WW2 1944. Following that we have Out of the Jungle Vietnam war: 1966. The next is Dark Waters of Desert Storm, ...more
Ericy Yine
Sep 29, 2011 Ericy Yine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october
This book is about brave men and women who go behind enemy lines to spy and gain crucial information about the enemy to help their side win. It talks about the troubles and hardships they go through or maybe their cruel end, to risk their life to conduct espionage.

I picked up this book from scholastic a few years and finally got to read this book. I finished this book because of all the in-depth detail of every exact moment of their mission. Their lives just fascinate me. I would recommend this
Rachael P.
Mar 18, 2013 Rachael P. rated it really liked it
Behind Enemy Lines
Bill Doyle
140 pages

In this book it explains all the amazing stories of people who had so much courage to save someone or to help out with a dangerous task. You would only think men had this much courage but in this book women are in it and they have as much courage as any man. This book also explains how much we should respect our soldiers and how they risk their lives every day to protect our country.

I would give this book a four stars because some of the sto
Chris C.
Jun 02, 2013 Chris C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Behind Enemy Lines is a non-fiction book which has compiled many true stories of Spies and how dangerous it can be for them. Many of these stories are entertaining, even though some don't end well for the spy. I found myself immersed in this book, not wanting to put it down even for a second.
The dates contained within the book go back more than 200 years. One person even is a spy for the great George Washington, fighting against the British in the Revolutionary War to gather intelligence, and
Doug Wilcox
Jan 18, 2012 Doug Wilcox rated it really liked it
Full Title: _Behind Enemy Lines: Under Fire in the Middle East_
This is a children's book, marked at 2.7 grade level. My daughter thought it would be interesting to me, so she bought it for me at her school's book fair.

Although an easy read for an adult, it was filled with inspiring stories from veterans of our wars in the Middle east. My only concern was that the stories have been edited in the sense of a TV-movie makeover under the premise of "better storytelling." I can't argue with the result
Owen Danyal
Aug 23, 2011 Owen Danyal rated it liked it
Shelves: sixth-grade
This was a book with different stories of true courage from American spies and soldiers around the world. The stores were amazing, I must say. My favorite one [[warning: spoiler alert!]] was the spy in the civil war. At the time girls weren't allowed in the army so she diguised herself as a boy. To spy on what the confederate army was doing she would disguise herslelf as different people many times to get in. She was a while lady but one time she dressed as a African American slave to get in. I ...more
Andy Casson
Oct 18, 2013 Andy Casson rated it really liked it
It is multiply story's of war and people in them and how they did it or accomplished it. There are story's on spying, and under cover and getting people out of camps and assassinating people.

The reason I rated it the way I did is because it tells a little about history and how things were done. In some of the book they go back in time to about the 1760 when there were red coats and muskets. I also liked this book because it was what I picked to read and I thought it was a good book. There also o
Jan 22, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
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May 15, 2015 Dina rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, children
Caleb bought this from the school book fair when he was probably in first grade. After my quick perusal, it was definitely too advanced for him, so I kept it in my room until he was a bit older. And until I had read it. He's definitely old enough now, although I feel concern about his interest in war stories. But these were definitely interesting -- especially the two stories about women who worked behind enemy lines!
Feb 26, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
This book was really intersting, and I learned a lot from it. I think the people from this book are amazing for what they did. At some points it was sad, but in the end these people are truely amazing. Soliders do things when they are in battle that we are unaware of. Bill Doyle does a great job making it so we know who these people are.
Dec 14, 2013 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Behind Enemy Lines by Bill Doyle there are 8 stories of courageous spies. The first story is about Americas first spy during the revolutionary war, 1776. The second story is about a master of disguise going across enemy lines. The third story is about a man who tries to fly a long way to foil a nazi plan during World War II 1962. Read this book to hear the rest of the stories.
Jen Doucette
Ev and I have been reading this as his bedtime book for awhile. Nonfiction just feels odd to me for bedtime confort. Reading about spies, wars, IEDs, and al-Queada before saying goodnight to my little boy was disconcerting at times.

Good info? Absolutely!
Did Evan like it? You bet! I suppose that's what counts.
Tyler B
Dec 17, 2010 Tyler B rated it it was amazing
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Author Bill Doyle was born in Michigan, and wrote his first mystery at the age of eight. He has gone on to write critically acclaimed and bestselling children's books, including stories of real-life war heroes in "Behind Enemy Lines: True Stories of Amazing Courage"; the pick-your-own-adventure "Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Everest"; the historical fiction mystery series Crime Through T ...more
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