The untold story of female snipers
in WWII and the secret hunt for the
most evil Nazi of all.


About The Night Sparrow

Coming spring 2025

Determined to seek revenge for her family, murdered in the Minsk ghetto, Elena enrolls in the Central Women’s Sniper Training School in 1942. Eight months later, she’s part of an all-girls sniper platoon on the eastern front. Soon, she’s ashamed of her low tally of kills. Then, she’s injured, re-deployed as an interpreter, and entangled in a secret hunt for the most evil fascist of all.

About Shelly

Shelly Sanders is the author of The Night Sparrow, coming spring, 2025 from HarperCollins, as well as the Canadian bestseller Daughters of the Occupation, and several other historical fiction novels. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in English Literature and Ryerson University with a graduate degree in journalism.

Her work is inspired by her Russian Jewish ancestry, and she is especially drawn to untold stories about little-known women who defy expectations.

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Daughters of the Occupation “vividly recreates the nerve-wracking fear and carnage of wartime Riga, as well as the city’s feeling of grim paranoia during the late Soviet period.”
–Kirkus, Starred Review

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Lida Bakieva’s loyalty, raw determination, quick thinking and sense of humor made her a sniper to fear and admire. This dark-featured young woman from Kazakhstan was just seventeen when she married nineteen-year-old Satai Bakiev a few months before the war. Satai was conscripted as soon as the Germans invaded Russia. Lida, a Young Communist League member eager to defend her homeland, attended the Central Women’s…

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