Morpurgo, Michael An Eagle in the Snow, 133 pages. Feiwel (Macmillan), 2017. $17. Content: G.
Barney, 10, and his mother are leaving London after their flat is leveled during a bombing raid near the beginning of WWII. While on the train to Barney’s aunt’s, they meet an older man who tells them an incredible story of his friend who had a young private named Adolf Hitler in his gun sights during World War I, but didn’t take the shot.
Those who love Morpurgo’s works will certainly also love this. The point of the story builds very slowly – slow enough that many students will lose interest before they realize the full measure of the book. My favorite part is the afterword that goes through what is known to be true about the tale.
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher