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Publisher's Summary

Kaia Alderson’s debut historical fiction novel reveals the untold, true story of the Six Triple Eight, the only all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, who made the dangerous voyage to Europe to ensure American servicemen received word from their loved ones during World War II.

Grace Steele and Eliza Jones may be from completely different backgrounds, but when it comes to the army, specifically the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), they are both starting from the same level. Not only will they be among the first class of female officers the army has even seen, they are also the first Black women allowed to serve. 

As these courageous women help to form the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, they are dealing with more than just army bureaucracy - everyone is determined to see this experiment fail. For two Northern women, learning to navigate their way through the segregated army may be tougher than boot camp. Grace and Eliza know that there is no room for error; they must be more perfect than everyone else.

When they finally make it overseas, to England and then France, Grace and Eliza will at last be able to do their parts for the country they love, whatever the risk to themselves.

Based on the true story of the 6888th Postal Battalion (the Six Triple Eight), Sisters in Arms explores the untold story of what life was like for the only all-Black, female US battalion to be deployed overseas during World War II.

©2021 Kaia Alderson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good book-Hope someone bought the movie rights!

Great book about a little-known group of black women. I enjoyed reading about these gutsy women. I wish the author had talked more about the service they provided to the US military while in Europe as US Army officers.

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The characters are so well defined you actually feel you know them. Misreading other's intentions, speaking out of turn, and blatant racism woven together make this feel more biographical than fictional.

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great story

I loved the story line and the performance. i would recommend this book to anyone who loves African American novels. I gave this book five stars because it was interesting ( just enough romance) and It was easy to imagine myself having this experience.

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Excellent read!

The characters captured my interest and I found it hard to put the book down. I love the way the author threaded history throughout the story. I highly recommend this book!!

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Beautiful

Great depiction of us smart, intelligent, brilliant, talented, exceptional, phenomenal, excellent black woman 👏 ❤ Bravo 👏 😀 Ms. Small u did it again, great job on the narration

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Loved it as well as the history. This book made me smile and laugh out loud throughout. I finished it in one day,, very hard to turn off.

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Wonderful!

This story was fabulous, well written and inspiring. It was great to read something that shows black women as intelligent, educated, independent, and human! Bravo!! I look forward to more books like this.