Item description for David & the Mighty Eighth by Marjorie Hodgson Parker, Mark Postlethwaite, Walter P. Christian, Susan M. Wilczynski & Christopher Summerville...
Overview When, during the London Blitz, he and his older sister are evacuated to go live on their grandparents' East Anglia farm, a young English boy finds it difficult to adjust to his new life until the arrival of the pilots and crews of the U.S. Eight Air Force at nearby airfields brings excitement, friendship, and hope for the future.Evacuated to an East Anglia farm during the London Blitz, a young English boy finds it difficult to adjust to his new life until the arrival of the pilots and crews of the U.S. Eight Air Force brings friendship and hope for the future.
Based on a true story, this historical fiction recounts a young British boy's adventures and the forging of a friendship with an American pilot and his crew. The friendly airmen with the United States' Eighth Air Force, "The Mighty Eighth," give the boy hope when Hitler's Nazis seem unstoppable. This coming-of-age account teaches that despite the horrors of war, something good can be created from the worst of times and confirms the importance of faith, family, and freedom, and is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Bright Sky Press
ISBN 1931721939 ISBN13 9781931721936
Availability 0 units.
More About Marjorie Hodgson Parker, Mark Postlethwaite, Walter P. Christian, Susan M. Wilczynski & Christopher Summerville
Award-winning author Marjorie Hodgson Parker has been published in national magazines, newspapers, Daily Guideposts and Guideposts. She has published four children's books: Fun Devotions for Kids, Jellyfish Can't Swim, Assault the Crippled Champion, (a Bluebonnet Award nominee) and David and the Mighty Eighth, along with stories in God is On Your Side and her devotional for adults facing difficult times, Shaken to the Core. A popular speaker with both secular and Christian groups, she brings the wisdom of years of intensive Bible study, her personal experience of God's help and hope during a drawn-out health trial, and her training as a Stephen Minister to her writing. She lives in Byers, Texas, with her husband, Joe, on a ranch by the Red River.
Reviews - What do customers think about David & the Mighty Eighth?
From the official historian of the 389th Bomb Group (H), 8th Air Force Dec 19, 2007
Having wished for many years for an anthology of stories about the "aeroplane mad" Brit boys of WWII and their families who befriended our 8th Air Force men, I was very excited when I learned this book was being written. Although it is a novel rather than a collection of biographies, it is based on real people and events. I had very high expectations for David & the Mighty Eighth, and I'm happy to say the author did not disappoint. My only letdown came when I turned over the final page and had no more to read.
David & the Mighty Eighth, Parker's fourth book for young readers, was something of a command performance. Parker accompanied her mother to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum for a special opening in 2005 where she met the museum's historian. [Parker's mother, Marion Stegeman Hodgson, a distinguished aviator and WASP pilot during WWII, is also an author. Her book is Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II.] When the historian learned that Parker wrote children's books she told the author that there was a need for a book about the Eighth Air Force to which children could relate. From the taped memoirs of Freeman and interviews with Hastings, Parker has woven the quintessential story of the special bond of the British and the men of the Eighth Air Force which grew from the war they fought together.
WWII veterans and everyone dedicated to honoring them and the values of their generation will delight in buying this book for the young people in their lives. It is sure to spark the curiosity of many and inspire learning about the Eighth Air Force and WWII. Parker shows them where to start with primers and website addresses for the Mighty Eighth Museum, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, and the Imperial War Museum. The book also includes a glossary of terms and a simple timeline of WWII.
For the younger generations, David & the Mighty Eighth is an open door to a world so intriguing they will be compelled to enter and ask, "Hey, what was this all about?" And well they need to know.