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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Sketches of a Black Cat by Ron Miner is a non-fiction military book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of young adults and adults who enjoy learning more about World War II and the Navy Black Cats. The book is a first person account of what it was truly like to be an enlisted Navy pilot during World War II. Howard Miner was an Indiana college student who became a Navy Black Cat during World War II and this book was written using his writings and sketches from his time at war. Are you ready to truly understand what it meant to be a young man caught up in World War II?
Sketches of a Black Cat by Ron Miner has a beautifully done cover that served to give me a small peek into the contents of the book and what Howard Miner really looked like. The last time I really thought about World War II was during my history class in high school where I was bored to tears by the dry textbooks; this novel gave me an entirely new perspective and take on World War II. Ron Miner took me into the war alongside Navy Black Cat Howard Miner, which allowed me to gain a new understanding of the war from a person who actually lived and fought during it. After reading this book, I personally feel that it should be a required book for all high school history classes that cover World War II as it taught me so much more than any history textbook ever did!