World War II, Book I: The Right Flight
Baseball is life for professional ball player Roman Bucyk, but love for his country prompts him to trade his uniform for military-issue khaki. Roman ships out to the African front to fight the German Afrika Korps in Algeria and Tunisia during WWII, with little idea of what is in store for him.
Geared to readers ages 10 to 14, The Right Fight is a fairly straightforward military hero piece that combines the history of the US campaign in North Africa with more abstract concepts like patriotism, death, loss, and loyalty. Though I usually gravitate towards more complex narratives, I actually enjoyed Lynch’s treatment of the material and the authenticity of his story, and was impressed with his ability to give a multifaceted face to the war through the various characters of Roman, Pacifico, Wyatt, Hannah, Logan, and Cowens. A strong and appealing young adult historical, The Right Fight sets a high standard for future installments of Lynch’s WWII series.