As bullets ring and bombs are dropped, children watch—mostly from the sidelines, but occasionally in the direct line of fire. Unaware of the political issues or power struggles behind the battle, all they know are the human, emotional consequences of this thing called war. This collection examines all of war’s implications for young people—from those caught in the line of fire to the children of the veterans of wars long past.
Critically acclaimed author Jennifer Armstrong brings together 12 powerful voices in young people's literature to explore the realities of war from a child's perspective. The settings vary widely—the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, an attempted coup in Venezuela, the American Civil War, crisis in the Middle East—but the effects are largely the same. In war, no life is ever left untouched. In war, lives are shattered.
About the Author
Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include "Hugh Can Do" and "Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat" (both ALA Notable books); "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan" (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book); and "Black-Eyed Susan" (a New York Public Library Best Book). Her first novel, "Steal Away", was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable book, and a Golden Kite Honor book. Other titles include "Pockets", "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World", "Magnus at the Fire", "Photo by Brady", and "Once Upon a Banana". She lives in New York State.
This collection, written by 12 noted young adult authors, examines all
of war’s implications for young people—from those caught in
the line of fire to the children of veterans of wars long past.
From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.