Nadia of the Nightwitches

Author: Townsend, Tom

Subjects: Flight; European History; World War II; Russian Air Force

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2737

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2737S

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Following the German invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941, the Soviet government authorized the formation of three squadrons of female pilots. Their story has, for the most part, remained untold outside of the Soviet Union.

Although this novel is a work of historical fiction, the Night Witches were very real. This is the time of Stalin and The Young Communists League, and all Russians fought. The open-cockpit PO-2 biplane was simple enough for peasant girls to fly, and cheap to build and repair. And training women for air battle freed up the men to fly the more important missions of the Great Patriotic War. Nadia of the Nightwitches is dedicated to the memory of all those pioneer women, both Allied and Axis, who flew military aircraft in World War II.

This enthralling story is about Nadia Tarachinko, age seventeen, just graduated from flight school and determined to kill Germans. In a flashback we see why: the family farm is bombed, her family is killed, and a near-crazed and bloodied Nadia is rescued from two German soldiers by a female pilot, Lilly, who swoops out of the air in a PO-2 and flies the girl to the safety of the Night Witches base.

Missions, battles, and the innermost thoughts of the fighting young women emanate from the pages. Although this is Nadia’s story, it is also a riveting look at patriotism and love through the eyes of young women at war. Those in battle are afraid to care for anyone because death is so imminent. Yet Townsend shows us love in various combinations: Lilly and Nadia (both Night Witch pilots), Shenya (Nadia’s navigator) and Nicholai (a Russian flight captain), and Nadia and Misha (a tank command sergeant). There is also the Night Witches' compassion for a surviving young German boy who they are determined to keep incognito and hand to the safety of the Allied forces at the war’s end.

Tom Townsend is a writer, a historian, and a film producer. He is one of the best-known authors of young adult fiction, and many of his books are used in school systems, particularly in the Southwest. He attended high school at the Munich American School in Germany, where his father was an Army officer. He is the author of more than two dozen other books, including two published by Royal Fireworks Press that are set during World War II: Gypsy Prince: War Horse and Evil Toy Tanks. He is also the author of the Fairie Ring Series. He and his wife live on a cattle ranch near Rusk, Texas.

Following the German invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941, the Soviet government authorized the formation of three squadrons of female pilots. Their story has, for the most part, remained untold outside of the Soviet Union.

Although this novel is a work of historical fiction, the Night Witches were very real. This is the time of Stalin and The Young Communists League, and all Russians fought. The open-cockpit PO-2 biplane was simple enough for peasant girls to fly, and cheap to build and repair. And training women for air battle freed up the men to fly the more important missions of the Great Patriotic War. Nadia of the Nightwitches is dedicated to the memory of all those pioneer women, both Allied and Axis, who flew military aircraft in World War II.

This enthralling story is about Nadia Tarachinko, age seventeen, just graduated from flight school and determined to kill Germans. In a flashback we see why: the family farm is bombed, her family is killed, and a near-crazed and bloodied Nadia is rescued from two German soldiers by a female pilot, Lilly, who swoops out of the air in a PO-2 and flies the girl to the safety of the Night Witches base.

Missions, battles, and the innermost thoughts of the fighting young women emanate from the pages. Although this is Nadia’s story, it is also a riveting look at patriotism and love through the eyes of young women at war. Those in battle are afraid to care for anyone because death is so imminent. Yet Townsend shows us love in various combinations: Lilly and Nadia (both Night Witch pilots), Shenya (Nadia’s navigator) and Nicholai (a Russian flight captain), and Nadia and Misha (a tank command sergeant). There is also the Night Witches' compassion for a surviving young German boy who they are determined to keep incognito and hand to the safety of the Allied forces at the war’s end.

Tom Townsend is a writer, a historian, and a film producer. He is one of the best-known authors of young adult fiction, and many of his books are used in school systems, particularly in the Southwest. He attended high school at the Munich American School in Germany, where his father was an Army officer. He is the author of more than two dozen other books, including two published by Royal Fireworks Press that are set during World War II: Gypsy Prince: War Horse and Evil Toy Tanks. He is also the author of the Fairie Ring Series. He and his wife live on a cattle ranch near Rusk, Texas.

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