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Written by Elizabeth Wein

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Firebird

Soviet girl-pilot powers through WW2

A super-readable page-turner spiced with absorbing historical detail, and shot-through with the vitality of an unforgettable heroine.

Spearheaded by the author’s research into Soviet female WW2 combat pilots, this tells the remarkable story of Nastia. “I was born in a nation of war. I grew up in the shadow of war. And, like everyone else my age, I had been waiting all my life for the “future war”’, she declares with characteristic verve. An exceptional pilot, and the daughter of revolutionaries, Nastia must fight to fly alongside her male peers as her Motherland joins the Second World War. Then, when the fierce air battles begin – conveyed here to fiercely gripping effect – secrets explode and threaten to send her into freefall.

Action, adventure, political conflict, personal battles, plus plenty of grit and determination, Firebird is a feast of historical fineness from the Carnegie Medal shortlisted author of Code Name Verity and, since it’s published by Barrington Stoke, it’s also perfectly placed to stoke-up a love of story in reluctant and struggling teen readers.


Joanne Owen

More About This Book

For further reading on the part women played in the Second World War you may be interested in Elizabeth Wein piece, International Women's Day and the Russian Revolution.

Elizabeth has also written about the challenges and rewards of writing for dyslexic readers in an article here.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+.

Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.

Firebird Synopsis

A daring tale of war, revolution and intrigue, from the renowned historical fiction author of Carnegie shortlisted Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein.

Nastia is no traitor. She is a daring pilot, the daughter of revolutionaries, and now, as the Second World War descends on Russia, she must fight to save the glorious Motherland. But all is not as it seems, and when the battles begin, secrets are revealed and everything that she once knew is challenged...

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128312
Publication date: 23rd August 2018
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Historical Fiction

About Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica and Pennsylvania. She is married with two children and now lives in Perth, Scotland. Elizabeth is a member of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. She was awarded the Scottish Aero Club's Watson Cup for best student pilot in 2003 and it was her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity. Photo Credit David Ho 2018

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