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I'm co-hosting #mglitchat on 12/13 and topic is MG and War.  I don't think I've read an MG with war as part of the plot.  Anyone have any good recommendations so I can read up for my hostess duties?  Thanks! 

-Kellie

(#mglitchat is on twitter every Thursday at 9 pm eastern....I know a lot of BBers participate.  Would love to see some new faces!)
#1 - December 06, 2012, 12:05 PM
You're never too old to become younger. - Mae West

It's older, but Autumn Street by Lois Lowry
Going Solo by Roald Dahl about his life during WWII
Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson
Inside Out And Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Shooting Kabul by Kenzai

Hope that helps!
#2 - December 06, 2012, 12:10 PM
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CHAINS and its sequel, I forget the title, by Laurie Halse Anderson.

This is an oldie, but WAR WORK by Zibby Oneal is a funny book about kids trying to help the war effort during WWII.

Gary Schmidt's OKAY FOR NOW and THE WEDNESDAY WARS are set during Vietnam.
#3 - December 06, 2012, 12:22 PM
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ATTACK OF THE TURTLE by Drew Carlson is set during the Revolution. The MC is 14, but I think it has a MG as opposed to a YA feel.
#4 - December 06, 2012, 12:26 PM
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London Calling, by Edward Bloor, might work. It's about a contemporary boy whose family and school situation is kind of a mess and who inherits an old-fashioned radio from his grandmother when she dies. When he falls asleep listening to it, he dreams/time travels to London during the Blitz (WWII) because a boy there needs him to "do his part" and help his family. The various plotlines intersect by the end and there's a fair bit about life in a city being bombed incessantly. I know it sounds like fantasy, but the feel of the book is much more real, like, this is maybe a crazy-sounding story, but it really happened, sort of thing.
#5 - December 06, 2012, 12:36 PM

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Your suggestions made me realize maybe I have read books with war in the plot...OKAY FOR NOW I've read.  Totally forgot about the war component, but you jogged my memory.  Also, THE APOTHECARY is set in wartime. 

And I want to read so many of the other titles you mentioned!  Thank you!  Keep them coming!

-Kellie
#6 - December 06, 2012, 12:56 PM
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STEPPING ON THE CRACKS by Mary Downing Hahn
#7 - December 06, 2012, 01:05 PM

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BAMBOO PEOPLE by Mitali Perkins.
#8 - December 06, 2012, 01:14 PM

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All of John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband books have martial elements, but the last (10th?) of the Ranger's Apprentice was especially so. (Of course, it was imaginary war in an imaginary country. That count?)
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#9 - December 06, 2012, 02:26 PM
Learning to Swear in America (Bloomsbury, July 2016)
What Goes Up (Bloomsbury, 2017)
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Another really good one is Juanita Havill's "Eyes Like Willie's." It was pubbed by Harper Collins in 2004.  :broccoli
#10 - December 06, 2012, 02:39 PM
A Smidgen of Sky (Harcourt 2012)
A Sliver of Sun (book #2)
 A Million Ways Home (Scholastic 2014)
Just Left of Lucky (2018)
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Soooo much reading to do in a week.   :pickle
#11 - December 06, 2012, 03:49 PM
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Vietnam has a strong role in Me & Jack, which showcases the war from the perspective of a middle-grade boy whose father is a recruiter in a new town in Pennsylvania. The controversy of the war and the culture of the era are a significant backdrop to the story, which revolves around a boy who's moved far too often and the unusual dog he adopts.

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#12 - December 06, 2012, 05:06 PM
A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY, Sept. 2012
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
The Summer of Moonlight Secrets
Me & Jack

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Escaping the Tiger, by Laura Manivong. Laos refugee finds life in a Thai refugee camp almost as scary as war.
The Good Braider, by Teri Farish. Sudan refugee finds her way in the US..
The Summer Before Boys, by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Mom's deployed to Iraq.
The Romeo & Juliet Code, by Phoebe Stone. Set in WWII England.
The Book of Everything, by Guus Kuijer. Aftermath of WWII in Holland, effect on families of non-heroes.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.
The Diary of Anne Frank.
Voice of Thunder, by Mirka Breen.





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ESCAPING THE TIGER by Laura Manivong (civil war in Laos)
THE IMPORTANCE OF WINGS by Robin Friedman (war in Israel)
SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER by Bette Green (WWII)
#14 - December 06, 2012, 07:05 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
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Hey... I know you asked for MG... but did you guys hear about Suzanne Collins new PICTURE BOOK coming out in 2013 that relates to war?

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Hunger Games" novelist Suzanne Collins has a new book coming out next year.

The multimillion-selling children's author has completed an autobiographical picture story scheduled for Sept. 10, 2013, Scholastic Inc. announced Thursday. The 40-page book will be called "Year of the Jungle," based on the time in Vietnam served by Collins' father, a career Air Force officer.


So curious!
#15 - December 06, 2012, 07:21 PM

Oh, and I don't think anyone's mentioned Ruta Sepetys' book yet - Between Shades of Grey. Pasting the blurb below:

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
#16 - December 06, 2012, 07:24 PM
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Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. Oh how I love that book.

And then there's Carrie's War too. Nina Bawden
#17 - December 06, 2012, 07:26 PM

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Christina Gonzalez has a new book, The Thunderous Whisper. SPanish CIvil War. I cannot wait to read it!
#18 - December 06, 2012, 07:37 PM

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Wracking my brain to remember the title/author of a book about two Palestinian teens or maybe tweens sneaking into Jerusalem to find something for their grandmother. Anybody?
Here's a link to a list separated by age level on Mitali Perkins' blog: http://www.mitaliblog.com/search/label/Children%20of%20War
#19 - December 06, 2012, 07:58 PM

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Another oldie--Caddie Woodlawn (Civil War)
#20 - December 06, 2012, 08:14 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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www.nineteenteen.com

War Horse is solidly middle grade. You might have heard of the movie done by that Spielberg guy. It's narrated by the horse, of course.

#21 - December 06, 2012, 08:45 PM
In Real Life, Tuttle Publishing, Fall 2014

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Oh, there's also OPERATION YES by Sara Lewis Holmes.
#22 - December 06, 2012, 08:51 PM

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Speaking of Suzanne Collins, Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles series) has war in it.
#23 - December 06, 2012, 09:07 PM
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picture book: EWE AND AYE (now available as an ebook!)

I was thinking of two about the people left behind:
HEART OF A SHEPHERD by Roseanne Parry
ON THE WINGS OF HEROES by Richard Peck (one of my favorite World War II era novels)
#24 - December 06, 2012, 09:23 PM
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Lily's Crossing: Patricia Reilly Giff
Number the Stars :Lois Lowry
#25 - December 07, 2012, 12:11 AM
Hold hands and stick together

Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
#26 - December 07, 2012, 12:52 AM
ME AND THE PUMPKIN QUEEN and
THE DOG DAYS OF CHARLOTTE HAYES
HarperCollins/Greenwillow

DISASTER STRIKES series
Scholastic, summer 2014

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Thanks, everyone!!!  Really appreciate this great list of titles.  Off to the library now!
#27 - December 08, 2012, 11:36 AM
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Laurie Calkhoven wrote several books for Penguin (I think) about boys in different war periods.

Here's a link to one:

http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Wartime-Daniel-Siege-Boston/dp/0142417505/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355007355&sr=8-2&keywords=laurie+calkhoven

There were supposed to be 4 total. Not sure if 2 or 3 are out so far.
#28 - December 08, 2012, 03:08 PM

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Sorry if someone mentioned this already, but I really enjoyed COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles: It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.
#29 - December 08, 2012, 04:22 PM

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