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In Times of Conflict: Great Books about War

From the American Revolution to the War in Iraq, the characters in these stories learn what it means to survive.

A Brief History of Montmaray



A Brief History of Montmaray
By Cooper, Michelle
2009-10 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375858642 Check Our Catalog

Set in a tiny island kingdom on the eve of World War II, "A Brief History of Montmaray" is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around. …More

Woods Runner



Woods Runner
By Paulsen, Gary
2010-01 - Wendy Lamb Books
9780385738842 Check Our Catalog

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Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.
But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City. …More

The Pale Assassin



The Pale Assassin
By Elliott, Patricia
2009-11 - Holiday House
9780823422500 Check Our Catalog

Set during the French Revolution, this novel about a teen aristocrat who must question the justice of her own wealth while facing the cataclysmic divisions of her society is sure to captivate readers as secrets come out, sympathies shift, and every choice can change--or end--life. …More

My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War



My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War
By Meyer, L. A.
2008-09 - Harcourt Children's Books
9780152061876 Check Our Catalog

In this sixth installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures series, love and war collide as the irrepressible Jacky Faber sets off on a daring adventure she vowed she'd never take. …More

This Means War!



This Means War!
By Wittlinger, Ellen
2010-04 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9781416971016 Check Our Catalog

Challenges between a group of boys and girls escalate during the Cold War in Wittlinger's gripping middle-grade novel. …More

Purple Heart



Purple Heart
By McCormick, Patricia
2009-09 - Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780061730900 Check Our Catalog

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital, he's haunted by an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he is somehow involved in the boy's death, but because of his own head injury, he struggles to put all the pieces together. …More

Eli the Good



Eli the Good
By House, Silas
2009-09 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763643416 Check Our Catalog

From the bestselling author of such adult novels as "Clay's Quilt" and "The Coal Tattoo" comes his YA debut--a tender look at the complexities of childhood and the realities of war. For 10-year-old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 is the summer that threatens to tear his family apart. …More

Leigh Ann's Civil War



Leigh Ann's Civil War
By Rinaldi, Ann
2009-09 - Harcourt Children's Books
9780152065133 Check Our Catalog

When the Yankees arrive in Roswell, Georgia, Leigh Ann Conners places a French flag upon the family's mill. She hopes the Yankees will then spare the mill from destruction, but her actions have disastrous results. …More

Mare's War



Mare's War
By Davis, Tanita S.
2009-06 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780375857140 Check Our Catalog

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"Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past."
Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. After all, Mare isn't your typical grandmother. She drives a red sports car, wears stiletto shoes, flippy wigs, and push-up bras, and insists that she's too young to be called Grandma. But somewhere on the road, Octavia and Tali discover there's more to Mare than what you see. She was once a willful teenager who escaped her less-than-perfect life in the deep South and lied about her age to join the African American battalion of the Women's Army Corps during World War II.
Told in alternating chapters, half of which follow Mare through her experiences as a WAC member and half of which follow Mare and her granddaughters on the road in the present day, this novel introduces a larger-than-life character who will stay with readers long after they finish reading. …More

Sunrise Over Fallujah



Sunrise Over Fallujah
By Myers, Walter Dean
2008-05 - Scholastic Press
9780439916240 Check Our Catalog

A two-time Newbery Honor-winning author looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he had brought to the Vietnam War of his classic, "Fallen Angels." …More

 

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