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War Stories

  • Details about Purple Heart

    Purple Heart

    by Patricia McCormick.

    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

  • Details about Sunrise over Fallujah

    Sunrise over Fallujah

    Walter Dean Myers.

    Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam war of his classic, FALLEN ANGELS. He creates memorable characters like the book's narrator, Birdy, a young recruit from Harlem who's questioning why he even enlisted; Marla, a blond, tough-talking, wisecracking gunner; ……more

  • Details about Private Peaceful

    Private Peaceful

    Michael Morpurgo.

    As the enemy lurks in the darkness, Thomas struggles to stay awake through the night. He has lived through the terror of gas attacks and watched friends die by his side. But in the morning, Thomas will be forced to confront an even greater horror. As the minutes tick by, Thomas remembers his childhood spent deep in the countryside with his mother, his brothers, and Molly, the love of his life. But each minute that passes brings Thomas closer to something he can't bear to to think about--the mome……more

  • Details about Eyes of the emperor

    Eyes of the emperor

    Graham Salisbury.

    Eddy Okubo lies about his age and joins the army in his hometown of Honolulu only weeks before the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Suddenly Americans see him as the enemy--even the U.S. Army doubts the loyalty of Japanese American soldiers. Then the army sends Eddy and a small band of Japanese American soldiers on a secret mission to a small island off the coast of Mississippi. Here they are given a special job, one that only they can do. Eddy's going to help train attack dogs. He's going to be the ……more

  • Details about Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

    Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

    Joseph Bruchac.

    Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned B……more

  • Details about Soldier boys

    Soldier boys

    Dean Hughes.

    Spencer Morgan And Dieter Hedrick Are On Opposite Sides Of The War And Fighting For The Same Thing.At the age of fifteen, Dieter's blind devotion gets him promoted from Hitler Youth into the German army. Dieter's determined to prove his allegiance and bravery all costs.Spence, just sixteen, drops out of his Utah high school to begin training as a paratrooper. He's seen how boys who weren't much in high school can come home heroes, and Spence wants to prove to his friends and family that he reall……more

  • Details about All the broken pieces : a novel in verse

    All the broken pieces : a novel in verse

    by Ann E. Burg.

    Two years after being airlifted out of war-tornVietnam, Matt Pin is haunted: by bombs that fell likedead crows, by smoke and death, by the brother?andthe terrible secret?he left behind. Now in a lovingadoptive home in the United States, over the courseof a baseball season, a series of profound eventsforces him to confront his past, and slowly, sometimespainfully, heal.By turns harrowing, dreamlike, sad, and triumphant,this searing novel in verse reveals an unforgettableand little-seen perspectiv……more

  • Details about Ghosts of war : the true story of a 19-year-old GI

    Ghosts of war : the true story of a 19-year-old GI

    Ryan Smithson.

    In a harrowing memoir about combat, friendship, fear, and a soldier's commitment to his country, Smithson brings readers inside a world that few understand, as he describes his experience as a 19-year-old Army engineer in Iraq.…more

  • Details about The brothers' war : Civil War voices in verse

    The brothers' war : Civil War voices in verse

    by J. Patrick Lewis ; including photographs by Civil War photographers.

    "So bravely, our mission can not be futile My hope for our children is a lasting peace, Though that must seem odd in the midst of a brutal War. Can the seemingly unceasing cease?" â?"Excerpt from Brothers' War The wonderful wordplay of J. Patrick Lewis breathes new life into the speeches of Lincoln, the letters of Grant and Lee, and the moving human drama of our country's Civil War. Lewis' poignant poetry gives young readers a vivid insight into the brutal conflict that tore America apart.……more

  • Details about Red moon at Sharpsburg : a novel

    Red moon at Sharpsburg : a novel

    by Rosemary Wells.

    Award-winning author Rosemary Wells lays bare the senseless devastation of war in this stunning novel. As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn#x19;t know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known. A timeless heroine of inspiring drive and bravery, India holds on to her dream of forging a career in science, unheard-of for a woman, in the face of……more