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On the Wings of Heroes

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Funny, poignant life on home front during WWII.

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This slice of Americana has all the elements that Richard Peck does better than anyone else. Start with a historical setting that opens up a new world to young readers, and tell the story in the voice of someone who lived it. Add intact families with strong, loving parents and wise, cantankerous elders, infuse it with incisive wit and humor, and spread it all out in some of the sharpest prose available in print today.

This is Mark Twain crossed with Dylan Thomas, and Peck is one of very few authors who could bear that comparison. This delightful little book is not for kids who need lots of action and adventure to keep them reading. But for those who can enjoy a warm and witty portrait of a time and place long gone but not yet forgotten, it's a true gem. And it might just send young readers scurrying for their own grandparents to hear more stories about their childhoods.

Book Details

  • Author: Richard Peck
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: February 1, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 148
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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