D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History (Scholastic Focus)

D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History (Scholastic Focus)

by Deborah Hopkinson


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Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings her signature action-packed narrative style to one of the most crucial battles of WWII.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545682480
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 310,336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the acclaimed author of over 40 award-winning books, including Shutting Out the Sky, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book; Up Before Daybreak, a Carter G. Woodson Honor Award winner; Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist and Sibert Honor Book; Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and Orbis Pictus Recommended title; Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific; and D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History. Deborah lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.

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"'Look, men, look! It's the fleet.'" At the sergeant's voice, paratrooper David Kenyon Webster peered out the window of the rumbling C-47 plane and caught his breath. "'Man, oh man.'"

The clouds had slid off the moon to reveal an extraordinary sight. "Five hundred feet below, spread out for miles on the moonlit sea, were scores and scores of landing barges, destroyers, cruisers, and attack transports," said David. "They were bearing the infantry slowly east, like a flood of lava, to a dawn assault on the shingle shore of Normandy."

He turned back around. "I stared at the men opposite me in the racketing, vibrating, oil-reeking, vomit-scented darkness... My stomach tightened and filled with ice, and a voice told me to get ready.

"'It's coming,' the voice said, 'it's coming.'"

Not much longer now. The paratroopers of E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, were set to jump before one in the morning. They had just a few hours to clear the way for infantry soldiers landing on Utah Beach at dawn. Their mission: to destroy German gun nests and take control of four causeways leading off the beach over a mile of lowlands the enemy had flooded as a defensive measure.

These tracks were the only ways off the beach. If Americans controlled them, the thousands of soldiers landing on the beachhead would be able to move inland, seal off the base of the Cotentin Peninsula, and move north into it to capture the port of Cherbourg. It could make the difference between gaining a real foothold in France — or being stalled on the shore, giving Germany more time to rush in reinforcements for a counterattack.

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