In this adventure, Ranger heads to Normandy on the morning of the D-Day invasion and finds himself in the middle of one of the fiercest battles of World War II. Ranger meets Leo, a Jewish boy who is hiding with a local farmer, and Walt, a young African-American soldier fighting to free France from the Nazis. Walt is in the 320th Balloon Battalion, so it's his job to help operate the enormous barrage balloons that fly over the American troops, shielding them from enemy planes. It's pure chaos, with thundering warplanes, falling bombs, and exploding land mines. Will Ranger, Leo, and Walt survive?
Praise for Ranger in Time:
Thisexcellent storycontains historical details, full-page illustrations, andenough action to keep even reluctant readers engaged. --School Library Journal
The third-person narration expertly balances Ranger's thoughts between the appropriately doglike (squirrels! bacon!) and the heroic (Ranger's drive to find and protect). --Kirkus Reviews
McMorris's richly rendered illustrations heighten the plot's many moments of danger and drama, and Messner incorporatesa wealth of historical detailsinto her rousing adventure story. --Publishers Weekly
Readers will love following Ranger on histhrilling adventurealong the Oregon Trail. What a great way to learn about history! -- Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series
Kate Messner is the author ofThe Seventh Wish;All the Answers;The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers;Capture the Flag, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner;Hide and Seek;Manhunt; and the Ranger in Time and Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at katemessner.com.