Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2012

The year’s best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers

(Random House)

Violins of Autumn


By Amy McAuley. 
Bloomsbury, 2012. 336 pp., $16.99. 
In May 1944, 17-year-old Betty is determined to do her part to defeat the Germans, and becomes part of a group of young Englishwomen — fluent French speakers all — who parachute into occupied France to help the Resistance. As “Adele Blanchard,” Betty gathers intelligence and works as a courier — and helps lead a downed American pilot to safety — while dodging the Gestapo. Ages 12–up.

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