Thursday, November 1, 2018

SERIES THURSDAY: Raid of No Return/Lafayette!


A top secret mission needs volunteers.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States joined World War II. And soon after that, young pilots were recruited fro a very secret - and very dangerous - raid on Japan. No one in the armed forced had done anything like this raid before, and none of the volunteers expected to escape with their lives. But this was a war unlike any other before, which called for creative thinking as well as bravery.

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales are graphic novels that tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history. Read them all - if you dare!


As with his other books in the Hazardous Tales series, Nathan Hale takes an historical event and turns it into a graphic novel.  While the event is nonfiction, there is no way to know exactly what was said by what person when, so it's been fictionalized.  But these stories are very compelling and a great way to get young readers interested in history.  This tale focuses on a mission to avenge the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.  It's intention was to make the Japanese people nervous about the military's ability to protect them.  The mission was audacious in the extreme.  And the pilots and crews recruited to fly the bombers knew going in that the chances were good they wouldn't make it home.  But they chose to go anyway.  Hale does a great job of showing the challenges of the mission and the courage of those involved.  This is another great book in a fabulous series.


Nathan Hale brings readers back to the world of the American Revolution for the first time since One Dead Spy—but this time, he’s following the Marquis de Lafayette into battle. An orphan who became a French nobleman, Lafayette was a major figure in the American Revolution who fought alongside iconic figures like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Lafayette! shares what happened before and during the war, including all the wild escapades the Frenchman embarked on across France and the colonies.


Nathan Hale has a way with history.  He tells the stories in such a way that young readers can at least begin to understand what happened.  Of course, it's hard to get into historical events and people in real depth in a graphic novel, but for young readers it's generally the action that matters most anyway.  And if there is one thing that Hale's Hazardous Tales series has it's action and plenty of it.  This volume focuses on the role that the Marquis de Lafayette played in the American Revolution.  Although the story does start with his father's death in battle, followed not long afterwards by his mother's death, and his guardian's.  His enthusiasm and interest in the military began early and his natural exuberance and courage made him a natural leader.  Not that he always played by the rules.  But he developed a bond with Washington and proved to be a valuable asset when it came time to fight.  He also played a role in getting the French to provide both troops and supplies to the American effort (even though he apparently also impeded his countrymen in their plot to take over the colonies).  Once again, Hale tells a tale of daring-do with lots of action and interesting characters.

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