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Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse
By Helen Wells
Also available: 20 point Super Large Print edition
Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse
By Helen Wells
Read How You Want, (2009)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Rereleased in Standard Print by Spriner Publishing Company)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Angela Evans - December 28, 2009
All-American Nurse, and role model to countless girls, Cherry Ames, is back and ready to motivate a new generation of nurses-to-be, of both genders!
The Cherry Ames series premiered in 1943 with Cherry Ames, Student Nurse. By the time the series was finished, twenty-seven Cherry Ames books had been published. Two authors contributed to the series, Helen Wells and Julie Tatham, who also authored the Trixie Belden series. Wells wrote the bulk of the Cherry Ames stories, while Tatham contributed seven books to the series.
The first two books in the series follow Cherry through her nurses training, after which Cherry joins the Army Nurse Corps, and the next several books follow Cherry's adventures as an Army nurse. The fifth book in this series is Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse, and it was written by Wells. In this installment, Lieutenant Ames is a seasoned Army nurse who has volunteered for air duty. This story follows Cherry as she completes her training to become a Flight Nurse, and her dangerous journey across the Atlantic, to England, where she has been assigned to a Troop Carrier Command Air Evacuation Station. Soon she finds herself flying out into combat zones to pick up wounded soldiers, and then caring for them as they are flown to safety - and the nearest hospital. On these trips, Cherry is in sole charge of the wounded, with only her old friend, corpsman/medical technician Bunce Smith, to help her care for up to eighteen wounded men on each journey.
In writing this book, Wells has crafted a riveting tale about Cherry's life as an Army flight nurse, and the dangers that she placed herself in to selflessly care for the wounded - and the pride she took in doing her job to the best of her ability. Wrapped within this rather patriot story is also a mystery - Cherry meets a mysterious man whom she soon comes to believe is a German spy. When it becomes clear to her that those 'in charge' do not take her suspicions seriously, Cherry sets out on her own to discover if he really is a spy, and if so, to see to it that he is stopped!
Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse, as well as the Cherry Ames series as a whole, is an empowering book that encourages girls to stand up for themselves and for what they think is right. It is also a book that will make you really consider becoming an R.N. - no matter what your age. Cherry is an outstanding nurse who really cares for her patients, and Wells has a knack for making you not only cheer for Cherry, but also for making you want to become a nurse, just like her!
Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse is a timeless book, one that is a joy to reread (for those of us who grew up eagerly awaiting each new Cherry Ames story) and one that will enchant a new generation of readers with Cherry's gripping adventures as she took on a new nursing job in each book, as well as by her fierce determination, spirit, and pride in being a Registered Nurse.
For those of us who grew up with Cherry and who wanted to share her stories with our own kids and grandkids - the Cherry Ames books are being rereleased, in standard print, by the Spriner Publishing Company. And, more important, they are also being published in large print by Read How You Want, which currently has the twenty Cherry Ames books that were written by Helen Wells available in large print!
Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats that range from 16-24 point font. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available to not only visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.
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