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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (681 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Peck Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739346938
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Davy Bowman’s dad and brother hung the moon. Dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy’s brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now.
World War II has invaded Davy’s homefront boyhood. There’s an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad’s heart. It’s an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry.
This is one of Richard Peck’s finest novels–a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II homefront and a family’s love. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/20/2014

    " I am a huge fan of Richard Peck's writing and this book is also very enjoyable. The story centers around a young boy growing up during World War II. His father is a World War I veteran, and his older brother who is learning to fly a B-17. It was interesting to think about the war from a child's perspective and Peck's writing style makes you feel like you're hearing a story from an old friend. My 8 and 6 year old boys also really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/13/2014

    " I've read a few other things by Richard Peck and really liked them. This book had the same nostalgic feel and easy-reading story telling, but I felt that it lacked a clean story line. Although I enjoyed it, I just didn't get a sense that the narrator was telling one actual story instead of just a bunch of random anecdotes from their past. It's really late and I'm writing this so if it doesn't make sense, there is poor grammar or it is all misspelled, just ignore it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalya | 2/5/2014

    " This is a great picture of middle class life during WWII. Peck reveals the pain and difficulties of the war on a family living in a small town. There were so many poignant moments. While there were parts where I cried,the ending was wonderful. Peck knows how to finish a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/26/2014

    " Richard Peck is one of the best YA authors around. I love his stories, but just as much I love the way he uses words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/26/2014

    " There are at least three scenes in this books that will stick with the rest of my life. It is as if the characters have become my relatives and the stories are something that come unbidden from memory into my consciousness without warning, usually when I need a laugh. Like a lot of funny things, the humorous situations in this book rise out of the circumstances of people living through tough times. The everyday heroism and funny things in this book will be your's for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/20/2014

    " Classic Richard Peck. Great book with two strong male protagonists. Also had the best description of learning how to ride a bike. It made me remember that feeling all over again...pretty cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Unger | 1/15/2014

    " What a wonderful book of growing up during WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 1/12/2014

    " Great book about growing up during wwII. Like other books by Richard Peck it has some great stories and poignant moments. Written for younger readers, but maybe better for those who know a bit about the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzan | 1/12/2014

    " This story takes place during World War II, and Davy, the young boy in the story, feels the effects; his big brother has joined the Air Force, he and his friend Scooter are kept busy by endless scrap drives, food and shoes and gasoline are being rationed. You feel a sense of the time...doing things for "the duration", stars hanging in windows, victory gardens, new war-time songs, the dreaded telegram being delivered to your home. Richard Peck has a fabulous sense of humor, and creates characters that are very realistic. My favorite characters are the quirky, odd ones, like Miss Titus. She's like Grandma Dowdel...outspoken, doesn't take guff off of anyone, but is still extremely likable. The book made me laugh out loud many times, and yet still captures some very tender and poignant moments that bring home the reality that war is hard, having loved ones fighting in a war is incredibly hard and makes life feel uncertain. The sacrifices men and women have made for our country needs to be remembered and honored. I think this book does that, not only for young readers, but adults as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/11/2014

    " great choice for boys ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janssen | 1/3/2014

    " Another superb Richard Peck book. I love his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Keller | 1/2/2014

    " Very much like other Richard Peck books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valeriecluff Cluff | 1/2/2014

    " eh....that is all I can say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Despain | 12/25/2013

    " LOVE his descriptive, humorous writing style. Any of his books are a good read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/15/2013

    " Wonderful story of a young boy and his family during WW2 awaiting the return of the oldest son from the Air Force. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/12/2013

    " If I could write one book like this man, I could die happy. I love him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/3/2013

    " WWII "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 10/29/2013

    " about world war 2. and this guy,davy lives in a neighborhood and his brother goes to war.And there are some rations in the economy. you'll figure it out if you read it!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayli | 9/4/2013

    " I love this sort of book (memoir) when it's done well, and Richard Peck is brilliant at it. You're totally there. Anyway, I love Richard Peck and this book was really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby Schwartz | 11/27/2012

    " good view of life in a happy home during WWII - but not a lot of depth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/22/2012

    " this was a great book! i love books about life in the world war II timeperiod in the united states. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 4/14/2012

    " Another awesome book by Richard Peck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/12/2012

    " Family read... listened to this story over weeks to/from school. We all enjoyed it. A better glimpse at life during WWII than any of my history courses growing up. Great blend of humor and sobering moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Johnson | 9/15/2011

    " It was fun to see what life might have been like for a kid during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/13/2011

    " We loved the descriptive writing of the author. After the children asked, one-by-one, some more than once, if this was a true story, I realized that they wanted it to be because it seemed like the author was living it. A great way to introduce our children to childhood during WW2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 8/12/2011

    " A young boy's experiences on the World War II home front are narrated here with Peck's usual finely observed detail and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/2/2011

    " This book is youth fiction and I liked it a lot. I read two other books by this same author several years ago that I really loved - "A Long Way From Chicago" and its sequel "A Year Down Yonder". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 5/5/2011

    " I LOVE THE 3 BOOKS OF HIS I HAVE READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/20/2011

    " *WWII*
    *B-17's*
    *Life in the US during WWII*
    *Midwestern* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 4/12/2011

    " Wonderful--perfect for a middle school boy! Works extremely well as an audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/27/2010

    " I read this outloud to my class. They loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 12/12/2010

    " I think I found another favorite author. This is my 2nd Peck book. It made me laugh and cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 the Reeds | 11/22/2010

    " Richard Peck is fast becoming one of my favorite YA authors. On the Wings of Heroes was every bit as good as "A Year Down Yonder" which won the Newbery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/21/2010

    " I wonder if reading it more slowly would have made me like it better. I didn't DISlike it, and I did like the characters....but I may have been too distracted while reading to really appreciate it's beauty.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 9/26/2010

    " I love how Richard Peck shares how people in the past lived and makes you feel like you were there or wish you had been! I'd like to live in his world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/24/2010

    " This is a very simply written book, but I loved it for a couple reasons:
    1. the references to the way life was during WWII - I found that part fascinating.

    2. The story of a young boy's adoration of his older brother. SO SWEET! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marri | 7/28/2010

    " Not as funny as some other Richard Peck books but a great read with some pretty funny parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boston | 7/8/2010

    " A classic Peck book, where humor can take you anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/18/2010

    " It was fun to see what life might have been like for a kid during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 6/3/2010

    " My 11 year old told me I had to read this. He said it is the best book he has ever read and he is a reader. I am a couple of chapters in and I can see why he loves it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 4/21/2010

    " Good book. Not quite as good as a couple of his that are my favs, but still a good, family friendly book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/12/2010

    " This is a great time period book. The story is one kids can connect with and learn about our history in a fictional setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 3/9/2010

    " I love good historical fiction... This one made me laugh and cry. It reminded me of my dad, for some reason. It was touching and funny. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Peck

Richard Peck has won almost every children’s fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Award, and the Edgar, and he has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He was the first children’s author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.