Fight Alongside the Women's Battalion of Death in New YA Novel Open Fire by Amber Lough

February 10, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— Follow a young recruit of the Women’s Battalion of Death in Open Fire, coming this spring from Carolrhoda Lab®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™. Author Amber Lough sheds light on a pivotal moment in Russian history in this fast-paced historical YA novel.

It’s 1917 in Russia and years of war with Germany have turned seventeen-year-old Katya’s life upside-down. Soldiers like Katya’s brother are deserting in droves, while food shortages on the home front push people to the brink of revolution. Working at a munitions factory seems like the most Katya can do to serve her country—until the government begins recruiting young women for an all-female army battalion. Hoping to help defeat the Germans, Katya enlists. Training with other brave women in her unit, she finds camaraderie and a deep sense of purpose. But when the women’s battalion heads to the front, Katya confronts the atrocities of war and must decide what she truly stands for.

Open Fire plunges into high-stakes political turmoil, life as a soldier, and the horrors of war. Fans of historical fiction and complex female characters will not be able to put down Katya’s story—or stop thinking about it long after turning the final page.

Advance Praise for Open Fire:
“Katya is a heroine to ache for, and her story is a stunning, vibrant glimpse of a rare moment in women’s history.”—Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and The Pearl Thief

“[A] lively, passionate novel set in a pressurized time, in which a strong-minded girl displays inspiring commitment.”—starred, Foreword Reviews

“A compelling feminist snapshot of a country—and a girl—at a revolutionary crossroads.”—Kirkus Reviews

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