Book Review: Allies

By Alan Gratz 

5 Stars

On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on Normandy beach in France, which was the biggest naval invasion in all of human history and the beginning of the end for the Nazis in Europe. Allies follows four main characters and their individual stories about their experiences during D-Day. Dee, a sixteen-year-old U.S. soldier who is about to land on Omaha Beach. James, a 19-year-old paratrooper who lands behind German lines near Sword Beach. Henry, who is a medic who also lands on Omaha Beach. And Samira is an 11-year-old girl who is a spy in Villers Bocage, a small French village trying to sabotage the German army.   

 Alan Gratz uses many descriptive words to describe how the characters are feeling or what is happening, and it really helps you imagine and depict what is happening in the book, and it makes you feel as if you were there with the characters and experiencing what they are experiencing. Another thing you notice is how D-Day affects the characters as it forces Dee to grow up, and he becomes less scared due to everything he's seen. It also shows how much not only the Allies made D-Day a success but also the French resistance and how all of the mini operations ensured the success of D-Day. 

 Reviewed by Aiden 

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