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What I am Reading by Debra Orado

Welcome to a new feature on our Young People’s page that will discuss a new book, give you some background information on the book, and add book tidbits you might find interesting. This post is aimed at parents and children. If you have any suggestions for books to share or would like to contribute please email me at  

The first book I would like to share with you is Captain America: The Ghost Army by Alan Gratz.  You may have read one of Alan Gratz’s other 19 novels which include, Allies, Projekt 1065, Refugee and Ground Zero to name just a few.  He tends to write  action-packed books with riveting historical content. What I love about historical fiction is that I always learn something new and surprising.  Although Gratz’s first graphic novel, this book does not disappoint and keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

The story takes place during World War II, and Captain America and his sidekick Bucky Barnes are fighting the good fight against the Nazis in the Eastern European nation of Transia. Just when they and their British allies are about to be overwhelmed by the enemy, they’re saved by the United States Ghost Army—a real American unit from World War II made up of artists, actors, sound engineers, and advertising professionals who used inflatable tanks, giant loudspeakers, fake radio transmissions, and other props and tricks to deceive the Axis powers.  This unique and top secret group of soldiers fooled the German soldiers into thinking that there were actually more soldiers and a whole more fighting power.  At the same time Captain America was created as a political hero. Put the two ideas together and you have the makings of a fascinating story.  

Let me know what you think! Come and check it out at the Witherle.

Watch Alan Gratz on Captain America: The Ghost Army on SafeShare.

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