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review 2018-01-16 00:54
The Girl With The Red Balloon
The Girl with the Red Balloon - Katherine Locke
What a great story! The story was very creative in using time-travel, balloons, and passengers. As they entered the underground cavern where the creative process was taking place, I couldn’t wait till they opened the door. I was all over that scene! I had this image, this impression all staked out in my head.
 
 
When Ellie arrives, I didn’t know what to think. She’s confused and my own mind was going as I wouldn’t know what to do either, if I was in her shoes. She’s no longer on a spring break trip with her classmates, she has traveled back in time. Ellie is in 1988 and she’s standing by the Berlin Wall. Ellie is witnessing history first-hand and yet she cannot mention how the world changes in the future, as no one knows these things but her. If she mentions the future, anything that anyone does based on her comment, could have drastic effects on the future. Ellie wants desperately to go home yet no one knows how she arrived. As they work on figuring out a way to get Ellie home, Ellie begins to fit in and build relationships. The answer for Ellie was not coming. I couldn’t see her staying but people began dying, people that had also time-traveled and they could not find a reason for that either.
 
I liked the concept for this novel. It took me a bit to understand what was really happening but once I understood it, I thought it was very interesting and I couldn’t put the novel down. I would have liked more of Benno’s story.
 
I won a copy of this novel from Albert Whitman Teen in their Albert Whitman & Company YA gift set. Thank you for this novel.

 

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review 2017-11-02 12:02
'THE ARIZONA COWBOY' FLIES HIGH OVER THE WESTERN FRONT
The Balloon Buster - Norman S. Hall
 

"THE BALLOON BUSTER" is a slim biography - told by the author with some dramatic flourishes - about America's No. 2 fighter ace of the First World War: Frank Luke, Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona (1897-1918).

 

Luke's combat record with the 27th Aero Squadron is all the more remarkable because between September 12, 1918 and September 29, 1918, Luke scored the bulk of his 18 confirmed victories over the Western Front. The bulk of these victories were against the German Drachen or observation balloons, which were highly dangerous to attack because they were heavily protected by anti-aircraft artillery and machine guns -- as well as by a covering flight of German fighters. These 'Drachen' (which carried an observer) were used to great effect to spot Allied artillery over the battlefield, whose positions could then be accurately pinpointed and destroyed - thus playing a significant role in the outcome of any battle or offensive.

Luke, who had been assigned to the 27th Aero Squadron in July 1918 (then commanded by Harold Hartney, with whom Luke developed a rapport; Hartney later commanded the First Pursuit Group. of which the 27th was a part), was regarded as a 'lone wolf' by his squadron mates. He was a bold, intrepid pilot who claimed an unconfirmed victory the following month, which further alienated him from his fellow pilots. They regarded Luke as a braggart and a non-conformist. But no-one could deny his skills as a fighter pilot and (after September 12, 1918) his bravery. Luke teamed up with Lt. Joseph Wehner (the 2 men proved to be kindred spirits) and over a 6 day period during the Battle of St. Mihiel, formed one of the most effective 1-2 teams of any fighter squadron in the United States Army Air Service (USAS) on the Western Front. Between September 12 and September 18, 1918 (when Wehner was killed in a dogfight protecting Luke while Luke was attacking German observation balloons over the battlefront), Luke was credited with shooting down 10 Drachen and 3 enemy planes. What makes this record all the more remarkable is that in the course of the September 18th mission alone, Luke shot down 2 Drachen and 3 enemy planes!

Luke was distraught over Wehner's death and was given a 2-week leave in Paris. But Luke was restless. He cut his leave short and returned to his unit. On his last mission over the lines (September 29th, 1918), Luke dropped a note to an American unit. The note contained the following message: "Watch three Hun balloons on the Meuse. Luke." Well, Luke attacked those 3 balloons and shot them down! (These victories were confirmed by that American unit). Sadly, Luke was gravely wounded and crash landed in a village behind German lines. Rather than surrender, Luke shot it out with a group of German soldiers who returned fire and killed him.

On the whole, "THE BALLOON BUSTER" - though told with some hyperbole - was an interesting book to read.

 

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review 2017-09-01 00:00
The Girl with the Red Balloon
The Girl with the Red Balloon - Katherine Locke dont know how to rate this
Im going to think about it for a bit first.
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review 2017-09-01 00:00
The Girl with the Red Balloon
The Girl with the Red Balloon - Katherine Locke dont know how to rate this
Im going to think about it for a bit first.
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review 2017-09-01 00:00
The Girl with the Red Balloon
The Girl with the Red Balloon - Katherine Locke dont know how to rate this
Im going to think about it for a bit first.
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