On The Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck

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Davy Bowman’s dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy’s brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davy’s homefront boyhood. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad’s heart. It’s an intense, confusing time, and one that will spur Davy to grow up in a hurry. This is one of Richard Peck’s finest novels—a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II home front and a family’s enduring love.

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Richard Peck, author of more than thirty novels, is one of the most celebrated children's book writers in the country. He has won the Newbery Medal, the Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Humanities Medal, and twice been a National Book Award finalist, among many other honors. He lives in New York City (when not visiting London his favorite home away from home).
Published February 15, 2007 by Dial. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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In the meantime, Davy and his friend Scooter gather scrap metal, newspapers and milkweed for the war effort, the Chicago mob attacks Mr. Bowman and ancient Eulalia Titus teaches Davy’s class with a firm hand (and strategically placed rattraps).

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that there is some violence: A father is knocked out with a wrench, a girl's hand is caught in a rattrap, and an old lady likes to tell tales of gruesome injuries.

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After filling their wagons with paper and heading for home, Davy and Scooter receive an unexpected visit, which changes how they view collecting for the war effort.

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This book is about a kid named Davy growing up in World War 2.

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Davy’s Dad, who is one of those amazing fictional dads against whom all dads are measured, is a WWI veteran who supports the war effort even as he remembers the cost of war itself.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Richard Peck, the Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder and the first children’s author to be awarded a National Humanities Medal, has published yet another exceptional young adult book in On the Wings of Heroes .

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