|Title:||Wings over England|
|Publisher:||The Goldsmith Publishing Company|
|Tags:||adventure, England, fiction, World War II|
Action-packed adventure story suitable for young readers interested in history or aviation or England. A fictional account of an English farm family near London during the Blitzkreig, circa 1940. Describes air raids, air battles over England, and life in the London underground shelters. The female protagonist, normally a sheep herder, becomes a singer in an air raid shelter. A visiting American tells himself that it is not his war, but gets involved in it anyway, for reasons which I will let the reader discover. The historical background of this book is plausible. The plot is improbable at times. Written by an American who probably never set foot in England.--goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Snell, Roy J.
(1878-1959) US author of at least eighty-five Young Adult novels under his own name and as by David O'Hara, James Craig and Joseph Marino, most of them specifically directed to boys, though he wrote at least one associational series of mysteries for girls; his tales for younger children, beginning with Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends (1916), verge routinely on Animal Fantasy, though Hi! Ho! Pinocchio: The American Boy (1940) as by Joseph Marino is an interesting example of the Pinocchio-in-America book. Of more specific sf interest is his contribution to the Radio Boys vogue of the early 1920s, with his Radio-Phone Boys series, beginning with Curlie Carson Listens In (1922) and closing with Invisible Wall (1928); within the sequence, two novels—The Seagoing Tank (1924) and The Flying Sub: A Mystery Story (1925) are full sf tales, but every title, typical of the category this series contributes to—flirts with Inventions just beyond the actually developed. Further Inventions tales include two titles in the loose Mystery Story for Boys series, Lost in the Air (1920) and its sequel, Panther Eye (1921), both starring Johnny Thompson, an adventurer and entrepreneur searching for gold in post-1917 Siberia; in the second volume, a Yellow Peril is encountered, and an ambiguous Utopia is sighted from a Balloon in Mongolia. Two further titles in the Mystery Story for Boys grouping – Red Lure (1925) and Forbidden Cargoes (1927)—feature Lost Races in Central America. Snell also published two World War Two tales, Secrets of Radar (1944) and Jet Plane Mystery (1944), the latter featuring a mysterious wailing jet hidden on a Pacific island; his Big Little Books set in that conflict are associational. [JC]
—The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
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