Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth E. WeinBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth E. Wein

Black Dove, White Raven

byElizabeth E. Wein

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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From the beloved and acclaimed Elizabeth Wein comes a searing new novel about friendship, flying, and war.
     Emilia and Teo's lives changed in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird brought down the plane their mothers were piloting. Teo's mother died immediately, but Em's survived, determined to raise Teo according to his late mother's wishes--among his own people in Ethiopia. Rhoda brings Em and Teo to Ethiopia and all three fall in love with the beautiful, peaceful country. But that peace is shattered by the threat of war with Italy, and teenage Em and Teo are drawn into the conflict. Will their love for their country and each other be their downfall . . . or their salvation?
ELIZABETH WEIN was born in New York and grew up in England, Jamaica, and Pennsylvania. She has her pilot's license, and it is her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for both Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire.
Title:Black Dove, White RavenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385681887

ISBN - 13:9780385681889

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Black Dove White Raven An excellent story. Not quite what I expected after reading Code Name Verity (which is sheer genius), but still a testament to Wein's skill with words.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Not As Good as Code Name Verity This book was really interesting. It was set in a time period and conflict that I really knew nothing about, with really spunky kids as its main characters. It had a lot of heart, a lot of family feels, and a really interesting purpose. That said, I am still waiting for Elizabeth Wein to replicate the emotional force of Code Name Verity, and this book did not do that. It obviously came from a place very dear to Wein's heart, but it didn't have the same momentum, drive, and emotion that blew me away with CNV. I think I need to give up hoping for that, because it's tainting Wein's other books for me. This book was really well researched, well peopled with interesting characters and historical figures, and true to its hero and heroine, but it was no Code Name Verity. That said, I love the flying aspect in this book as much as I loved it in CNV (although even that wasn't used to the same devastating effect. I want to be devastated, gosh darn it!)
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stunt Pilots, War and Friendship When a black woman and a white Quaker team up as stunt pilots in 1920 they are not always accepted everywhere. Emilia and Teo are their children and when the Black Dove dies in an accident they return to Teo’s homeland in Ethiopia hoping for a peaceful existence. However they soon get caught up in the war with Italy. This book would appeal to young readers who love historical fiction with a mix of friendship, and tolerance for diversity.
Date published: 2016-11-16

Editorial Reviews

“Wein returns to Africa, the setting of her Lion Hunters series, with protagonists who share an avocation with those in her award-winning novels “Code Name Verity” and “Rose Under Fire”. Wein brings this fascinating period in history to life with several well-engineered plot twists, lots of high-flying, nail-biting tension, and meticulous research.” —Publishers Weekly"From the author of the gripping yet heartbreaking Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, comes an original coming-of-age novel. . . . this book is extraordinarily compelling." ―The Guardian (UK) "Wein's novel is full of wonderful ­surprises. She does not shrink from confronting the large, difficult themes that are an integral part of the historical moment she is recounting: racism, war, colonialism, slavery, citizenship and religion. That she manages to handle all of these themes with such grace is admirable. Wein has always known how to spin a plot—and in Black Dove White Raven she does not disappoint. But most important, she knows how to create characters the reader cares about." ―The New York Times Book Review “In the realm of young adult novels, it’s hard to beat Elizabeth Wein for originality, substance and sheer surprisingness—and Black Dove, White Raven includes all of this, easily matching Wein’s earlier, much-lauded, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. [A] mix of adventure, suspense and ‘real life’ historical setting. . . . And the story’s all the more formidable for the artistry and warmth with which it’s all put together. But most compelling are the two heroic teens whose courage, skill and psychological tenacity are both realistic and irresistibly admirable. Highly recommended.” ―Toronto Star"Code Name Verity was always going to be a hard act to follow. But [Wein’s] latest offering, Black Dove, White Raven . . . secures her place as an exceptional voice in the YA genre." ―The Independent (UK) "Wein does again what she did so beautifully in Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire: She plaits together the historical record, her passion for flying and ferociously vivid characters to create a heartbreaking adventure that grounds readers in the moment even as geopolitical complexity threatens to knock them off their feet. . . . Unforgettable." —KirkusFrom the Hardcover edition.