Sparrow Squadron - Excerpt

Sparrow Squadron - Excerpt

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Darius Jung By DariusJung Completed

This excerpt is a 4-chapter preview of my YA Historical Fiction novel Sparrow Squadron.

"There was a time when flying didn't mean looking over my shoulder for death coming at me."

World War II. June 1941. Hitler's war machine turns to the Soviet Union.

Escaping her hometown ahead of the Nazis, 16-year-old Aelya Makarova seizes a chance to live her dream. Obsessed with flying, she joins a women's fighter squadron to defend her homeland against the invaders. She'll go faster and higher than she's ever gone before.

But the harsh reality of Air Force life shatters her expectations and forces her to grow up fast. The squadron is split by petty rivalries, male pilots treat them like a joke, and the ideal country she thought she was fighting for doesn't really exist.

Finally given a chance to prove herself in battle, Aelya is pushed to breaking point. With all her talent, the help of her comrades, and a lot of luck, she might just make it through. But will there be anything left of her humanity?

With fast-paced action and a heart-rending mix of humour and tragedy, Sparrow Squadron is an adventure novel for young adults that brings an overlooked episode of history to life.

Cover Design by Kit Foster

Cover Illustration by Daria Tikhomolova

NOTE: This is an excerpt only.  Buy links for the entire novel are available in my profile and on my website:

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  • action-adventure
  • adventure
  • airforce
  • aviator
  • battle
  • comingofage
  • femaleprotagonist
  • friendship
  • girl-power
  • historical
  • russia
  • soviet
  • teen
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  • warfare
  • worldwar2
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  • wwii
  • youngadult