The Orphans of Normandy by Nancy Amis
A True Story of World War II Told Through Drawings by Children

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Allons, enfants, vite, vite!


When the Allies invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944, one hundred orphaned girls were forced to flee their orphanage in Caen, France, the only home many of them had ever known. They began a trek on foot to a safer location, to Beaufort-en-Vallée, a town one hundred and fifty miles away. As the war raged on all sides of them, the girls, led by their teachers, bravely marched south, keeping one step ahead of the fighting and waving little white flags for protection. Told through their own drawings and words, this moving and timely book details their experiences on their journey to safety.

 

About Nancy Amis

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Nancy Amis biked from Caen to Beaufort-en-Vallée in the spring of 2000, following the route of the one hundred orphans. Using their hand-drawn map as a guide, she uncovered many of the questions she had about the story of the journey that she has known since childhood. Nancy has two sons and is an artist who lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This is her first book.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Atheneum. 48 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this debut, Amis assembles the drawings and recollections of girls forced to abandon their orphanage in Normandy and travel about 150 miles on foot during the Allied invasion in 1944.

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