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L. M. Elliott works as a senior writer for the Washingtonian magazine. Under a War-Torn Sky was inspired by her father's experiences in World War II, and his stories of the courage and self-sacrifice of the French Resistance.
This is a new book from L. M. Elliott who wrote the excellent WW2 novel Under a Worn-Torn Sky. This is also set during World War Two, but tells a very different story: that of two young English brothers who, like thousands of others, were evacuated to America at the beginning of the war. For Charles and Wesley, America is a strange land, and initially adapting is hard. They are worried about their family back home, and Wesley in particular is scarred by some of the terrible scenes they witnessed on their journey. The boys are overwhelmed by the generosity of their hosts, but encounter hostility too, and witness the racial segregation that the war began to change. Elliott paints a wonderfully vivid picture of 1940s America and the boys’ adventures make for inspiring and informative reading. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from the editor, Sarah Stewart Acclaimed for her incredibly real depiction of a WWII soldier’s life in Under A War-Torn Sky, here L.M. Elliott brings to life the rarely-told story of evacuees to America. Following two brothers as they try to reconcile the tragedy they left behind in London with the sunlit American farm life they now find themselves part of, this is a story of family, honour and fitting in. Filled with fascinating facts and real wartime anecdotes, Across Enemy Seas is an authentic slice of history with a big heart.
Winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for Best Young Adult Book Henry is just nineteen, and a long way from home. He’s one of the many thousands of young American pilots who came to Britain during World War 2 to fight the Nazis. As the book opens, he’s about to undertake his fifteenth mission – the average life span of an Eighth Air Force Bomber crew is only fifteen so it’s a make-or-break flight. Things don’t go well and Henry is shot down over Alsace. From there he relies on the bravery of the French people, Resistance fighters and civilians, who help him to get home. It’s an extraordinary story, very well told, all the more affecting for being based on the real life stories, including those of the author’s father. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from the editor, Sarah Stewart Under a War-Torn Sky was one of the first books I worked on as an editor when we published it ten years ago, and its incredible, gut-wrenching depiction of life behind enemy lines has stuck with me ever since. It is a gripping adventure that pulls no punches; you are right there rooting for Henry at every step of his impossibly dangerous journey across Europe. And what makes it all the more vividly real is that L.M. Elliott was inspired by true stories of her father’s experiences of World War II and researched the book exhaustively. I am thrilled that this stunning new edition will bring Under a War-Torn Sky to new readers, and I hope that you enjoy it just as much as I did!