On the Wings of HeroesTitle: On the Wings of Heroes
Author: Richard Peck
ISBN: 9780803730816
Pages: 148 pages
Publisher: Dial Books, c2007.

A sacred Halloween ritual was pinning horns. If a Halloweener could get into a car, he’d jam one end of a stick into the horn on the steering wheel and the other end into the back of the seat. Then he’d run like the devil while the car owner had to come out and unstick the horn before the battery ran down. Car horns went off all over town. One went off right then, over on Summit. Dad was waiting for business, and the windows were down for bait. (18)

Richard Peck’s On the Wings of Heroes tells the story of Davy Bowman, whose homelife has been turned upside down by World War II. His older brother is off to train, and ultimately fly, B-17s overseas. This breaks his father’s heart, who fought in World War I and thought he was making the world a safer place for his sons. Instead, rations and scrap drives become everyday occurrances, and Davy must adjust to all these changes.

Told with short vignettes that cover the entire span of the war, Peck makes them memorable with details, both funny and heart warming. With realistic details, it’s a good war time story that kids will probably relate. It’s not specified how old Davy is (from what I can remember) which might make it more marketable for kids of multiple ages. I like books with lots of action, and while it certainly wasn’t a fast paced book, I still enjoyed it.

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