May 19th, 2010 by Kidsmomo
Yeah, we know that summer’s just around the corner, beckoning to you with its long, sun-filled days and ice cream and swimming pools. But first, allow us a serious moment, because before summer, there’s Memorial Day.
And we don’t want to just breeze by it as an excuse for a long weekend; there’s more to Memorial Day than that. So for our current theme, we’re focusing on books about war — stories of those who fought and also those whose lives at home were affected. Here are their war stories (in no particular order):
- Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Karen’s pick)
- Bull Run by Paul Fleischman (Nancy’s pick)
- My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- Don’t You Know There’s a War On? by Avi
- Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
- The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777(Dear America) by Kristiana Gregory
- My Name Is America: The Journal Of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot by Barry Denenberg
- City of Spies (a graphic novel) by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, illustrated by Pascal Dizin
- Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of a book about war that you recommend.
UPDATE 6/1/10: We revealed the answer to our War Stories Mystery Book Theater in the “Lock and Load” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Nancy’s depressing animal story. It’s not what you expect, we promise!