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The Bones of Giants by Yoon Ha Lee
Candy and Me by Hilary Liftin
Color is Everything by Dan Bartges
The Dancers' War (in by N. K. Jemisin
Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9) by Mary Pope Osborne
Fairy Hunters, Ink. by Sheila A Dane
Falling into the Sun by Charrie Hazard
Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff
The Goddamned Tooth Fairy by Tina Kuzminski
Goldilicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Haunted (Mediator #5) by Meg Cabot
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline
Hunchster by Matthew Hughes
I Spy School Days by Jean Marzollo
Icarus Saved from the Sky by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G. K. Chesterton
A Matter of Feeling by Janine Boissard
The Navajo (True Books) by Alice Osinski
The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
No Elephants Allowed by Deborah Robinson
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
The Others by Lawrence C. Connolly
Painting the Invisible Man by Rita Schiano
Precious Jeopardy: A Christmas Story by Lloyd C. Douglas
Real Sofistikashun by Tony Hoagland
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
The Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West
The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
The Sky Rained Heroes by Frederick LaCroix
Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening by DCS
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois
The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
Winter Walk by Ann Burg

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for On the Wings of Heroes

On the Wings of HeroesOn the Wings of Heroes: 10/20/09

I saw the review of On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck at Maw Books Blog. I had enjoyed Past Perfect Present Tense and wanted to read something else by the author. I'm glad I took recommendation and picked this novel about growing up during World War Two.

Davy Bowman narrates the novel, recounting the way the Second World War affected his town, his family and his life. The book begins at Halloween with his older brother shipping off to learn how to be a B-17 pilot. While the older brother reports on his courses (including learning elementary math all the way through trig in a couple of weeks), Davy is having air raids in school, having to collect scraps after school and is learning to live with rationing of basic staples, gasoline, rubber and other things.

At school, tensions rise. Old teachers leave for better jobs in factories and the new teachers are sometimes too young to handle the students and too inexperienced to teach them. Class bullies take advantage of the situation.

Peck though doesn't leave the bullying as a way to foil Davy. He goes deeper to flesh out these bullies. He gives them personalities, families and stories. He brings in the mother of the ring leader. Her reaction to her daughter's poor behavior is believable and for me, heart wrenching.

Although On the Wings of Heroes is short, it manages to cover the entire length of the United States's involvement in the war. In that time, Davy and his friends grow up.

For children who probably don't have many living relatives who have first hand experience with WWII, On the Wings of Heroes brings to life what it would have been like for families back then. It does it with humor and humility.

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