Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

World War II

Book - 2012
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A young WWII gunner from the Prairies sees the horrors of war firsthand when he is captured by the Gestapo.

Eighteen-year-old Sam Frederiksen has come a long way from the Prairies. Trained to be a gunner in a Lancaster bomber during WWII, he is shot down over France. Battered and bruised, he does survive, and joins forces with the French Resistance... only to be betrayed by one of its members. He and other flyers from various Allied countries are rounded up by the Gestapo and held in Fresnes prison just outside of Paris.

Treated as spies, rather than POWs, these men are beaten, some tortured - then sent to Buchenwald Concentration Camp in eastern Germany. It is here, in these wretched conditions, that Sam witnesses the darkest side of humanity - gas chambers, torture and starvation. Yet it is also here that he comes to understand the true resilience and unfathomable courage of the victims.

Author Carol Matas has won numerous awards for her previous novels about the Holocaust. Behind Enemy Lines is partially based on a true incident from WWII, in which 168 Allied airmen were captured and sent to Buchenwald. Twenty-six of these men were Canadian.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780545990660
Branch Call Number: IAMCA MAT
Characteristics: 200 pages ; 18 cm.


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Mar 20, 2018

So awesome! But in some parts the book is REALLY creepy, if you are reading this book before bed... you might not fall asleep very well... other wise, this book is AWESOME! 4 1/2 stars for me!

Mar 17, 2013

i loved this book so much i bought it. I am a big WW2 person and I love airplanes so this book was just right. I love how the author describes the POW camp and it was really well written. 5/5

chicken_nugget May 23, 2012

can't wait tu read


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Aug 09, 2014

Sam is a young flyer during world war II. When his bomber is shot down over Nazi-occupied France, He is trapped between enemy lines. He cannot trust anybody, and he is brought to a concentration camp. His condition is poor, and he wants to go back to his country to fly more missions. He is very worried about death and starvation. His highest hope is to go to a POW camp. But how?


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