The Phantoms

Katheen Benner


In this book there is a 15 year old boy, his name is Noah. Noah has lived a life as a country boy only leaving his family farm for an old crummy school. Later on Noah's parents fell ill then end up dying, but the couple that later become his care takers don't want him. They still take him for a while before making an arrangement to go meet his uncle. The problem is Noah never had met his uncle and he wondered why, but he only had a few hours before actually meeting the man he had never known. When he gets off the train in the Colorado mountains he wonders around barely able to see. Later he wakes up in a room full of other boys all older than him. Soon for him is basic so strict one flaw and you are almost kicked out. The reason is becuase later on he will have to fend for his life in a game called war.


The theme of this book is hope, because although ruff spots in your life and bust a wheel on your journey it doesn't mean you are alone or that you can't fix it. Just like Noah he had fallen down when his parents died, and the people that were supposed to take care of him disowned him. But that didn't stop Noah, he knew that the would be more down the road so he got back up and stared his fears straight in the face, with his uncle and new found friends, and figured out that it isn't that bad. So he started fixing his tire and kept moving.


The real phantoms only served for four months in war, but was around since the beginning of WWII. The division had the highest conflict ratio, and it all started out as a experiment to train skiers for combat for the ruff European terrain. Although it seemed stupid it's training was tough, with many weeks of it in tempetures that would drop below -20*. The altitudes were usually at 13,500 feet. This group of 13,000 did help a lot through the war, becuase Germans didn't think highly of us. The Riva Ridge was the highest mountain in the Apennines Range, and becuase of this the Germans thought that they didn't need guard posts becuase we were as they thought "A doughtful amry." We proved them wrong, as we climbed from three different sides trapping them at the top, and capturing many with minnamal casualties. This helped America take Mount Belvedere, although supposed to be easier to take now they still lost 1,000 people.


I think that the author did a good job staying with the actual story, like their training for instance. Their training looked easy, but it was actually a pretty hard basic training. During training simulations they used live ammo with many getting frostbite, or hypothermia. They were later well known after taking a mountain that was a turning point in Italy. Or how most pilots made fun of them becuase the 10th Division were not the main part of the war, and the pilots thought they were the best. Well that was until the conqured a mountain with minimal casualties that would allow us to make a massive push through the rest of Italy.

Sites I used for this Information

Joe, Richman, Deborah George, and Ben Shapiro. "Battle on the Slopes: World War II's Ski Troops." NPR. NPR, 21 Sept. 2007. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.

"Camp Hale." 10th Mountain Division. Metropolitan State University of Denver, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.