Another historical stunner from Elizabeth Wein that speaks to both young adults and adult audiences.
Elizabeth Wein has blended a tale of wartime terror, spies and the total mix of ethnic and economic backgrounds that made up the RAF flyers and volunteers. Jamie is leading a ragtag group of pilots flying massive boats patrolling the skies above Scotland to Norway. When they get back they like to relax at a local boarding house/pub run by Mrs. Campbell and assisted by a women volunteers there to help the RAF. Mrs. Campbell's elderly aunt and her caregiver, Louisa are also staying at the house. They all share a pint, a song and a spin around the dance floor to relieve the stress of the war but after a young German pilot arrives delivering a precious message decoder their lives take a much more dangerous but intriguing turn. He mistakes Louisa as his contact and she begins decoding German messages that will keep the British flyers out of harms way. This is a fascinating look at the enigma machine and how everyday people showed unbelievable bravery. It portrays the war with all the terror and extreme bravery highlighting an unusual mix of backgrounds all fighting for the same country.
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