" Make a wish ma! make a wish!" shouted little Johnny Murphy as he glided his toy ace plane across the billowing candles..."
Drop Zone! 82nd Airborne glider infantry recounts the historical battle at Kiekberg Woods in the Dutch countryside during World War Two.
Johnny Murphy and Heleen deWitt, two school age children living a world apart are forever impacted by the pivotal battle along the Dutch and German border.
Private Dan Murphy of the 82nd Airborne, 325 Glider Infantry drops into the lives and hearts of the Dutch resistance During intense fighting Private Murphy is separated from his unit. Heleen deWitt uses ingenuity and courage combined with the help of the Dutch resistance to reunite him with his platoon.
A continent away Johnny Murphy must grow up quickly to help on the family farm while his brother is fighting for freedom. Drop Zone! is sure to spark the imaginations of young readers as they explore the historical impact of war on the lives of school age children.
Susan La Serna writes children and middle grade historical fiction
Her first book The Ghost of Battle Ridge is set during the American Revolution and won the Eric Hoffer finalist award.
Inti, the Golden Lama, an Andean legend was selected for the Don Quixote Festival " I Am Quixote!" written in Spanish and English
Drop Zone! is a fictitious account of the 325 glider infantry during World War Two. It is based on family oral narratives, war letters and information contained in the Freedom of Information Act: US Army