Shortlisted for the 2018 Dante Rossetti Book Awards for YA Fiction

The Scouts of St. Michael OPERATION ARCHANGEL

Shortlisted for the 2018 Dante Rossetti Book Awards for YA Fiction

"The DANTE ROSSETTI Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of  Young Adult Fiction."


six brave scouts. one impossible mission.

1940. England is being ravaged by war.

  Reggie, Freddie, Henry, Dougie, Willy and (“please don’t call me Jackie”) Jack, are four teens and two almost teens who are  desperate to join the British Boy Scouts to do their bit for the home front. 

After being rejected from the local Ronan Academy troop for being orphans, the six press on and form their own troop, the Scouts of St. Michael, named after the patron saint of their boys' home. This doesn’t go over well with the village’s official Ronan Academy Boy Scout troop.


One night during an air raid, the six mount an unmanned anti-aircraft gun and defend the village against an air raid. Like lightning, news of their bravery and resourcefulness reaches the ears of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and even King George VI—as well as leaders of the newly formed Special Operations Executive—responsible for all action behind enemy lines. 

A situation has arisen that demands immediate action—deep in the heart of Nazi Germany itself. 

In response, the SOE has devised a daring plan.  


The six brave boys may just be the linchpin of the entire operation … if they’re willing to answer the king’s call.


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"Morales artfully presents the decidedly implausible ... as tantalizingly possible."

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 "A thrilling war tale well-suited to a YA audience. The plot crackles with high adventure and briskly paced action, and the Scouts are as resourceful as they are brave—the work reads like a Hardy Boys novel combined with historical fiction. The author’s writing is both accessible and buoyant, and sometimes achingly touching." - Kirkus Reviews

** 5-stars ** "The way Dan Morales writes is a different style than most authors, which makes his book fun to read. This excellent story contains an action-packed adventure that I would recommend ... Totally worth five stars. Great book, I loved it." -Andrew McFarland, Teen Reviewer, Readers' Favorite

 ** 5-stars ** "This is an excellently written story. This is historical fiction right up there at the top rung ... and one that suggests a sequel to come. (we hope)."  - International Writers Inspiring Change

 ** 5-stars ** "I'm the daughter of a WWII veteran who helped liberate Metz, Germany and fought hand-to-hand against the Nazis ... I'm the mother of two Eagle Scouts. As a Catholic and historical fiction lover, this story wrapped me in a bear hug and wouldn’t let go. A must read."  –Debbie F., Goodreads

 "The plot is intriguing, the characters are well developed, and the scenes are authentic.. an enjoyable and insightful read. It brings an exceptional appeal to young adults connected with Boy Scouts and the ROTC. -Roger Prosise, Windy City Reviews

** 5-stars ** "The characters are so real that by the end of the book, I felt like a member of their family. I can't wait for the next part of their thrilling adventure." Aimee J., Goodreads


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Lots of action but no spoilers ahead. Read Chapter 16: Mixed Signals 

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