CRRL Kids: On the Homefront
Annotation:At the start of World War II, 14-year-old Carrie and her younger brother Nick are separated from their mother and evacuated from war-torn London to a rural village in Wales, where they now live with a puritanical shopkeeper and his spinster sister. Based on the book by Nina Bawden.
Annotation:In her diary, twelve-year-old Amber describes moving to Hawaii in 1941 and experiencing the horror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Part of the Dear America series.
Annotation:When World War II comes to San Diego, eleven-year-old Foster must say good-bye to his big brother who is going to fight one kind of war while Foster remains behind to face his father's rage and try to help the war effort as best he can.
Annotation:Beautiful Gay-Neck was raised in India and would be used to carry messages by a Bengal Regiment in France during World War I. This story of an animal's courage also reveals what life was like for a boy growing up in India during the period.
Annotation:Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.
Annotation:Young Tien Pao is alone on his parents' boat when it breaks free of its moorings and plunges down river into Japanese occupied territory. Bravely, he starts the long journey back to his village. The boy and his pet pig, Glory of the Republic, meet sixty American pilots stationed in China during World War II who care for him. Based on a true story.
Annotation:Living in Holland during the Nazi occupation, Johanna takes comfort in watching the town’s clock tower from her attic window. Every hour, twelve metal figures on horseback parade out in a joyous salute. When the Germans threaten to melt down the “little riders” for ammunition, Johanna bravely risks danger to save them.
Annotation:When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
Annotation:Michael, a thirteen-year-old French-American, watches in fear as the Nazis invade Paris, and is spurred to become part of the French Resistance movement, defying Hitler, helping American aviators to safe zones, and delivering secret documents at great risk to his own safety. Includes historical notes, glossary, and timeline.
Annotation:While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween. First part of a series.
Annotation:In 1918, caring for her family's homing pigeons while her father is away fighting in World War I, twelve-year-old Pam comes to suspect that a mysterious stranger in her small North Carolina town is a German spy. Part of the History Mysteries series.
Annotation:Set in San Francisco's Chinatown during World War II, Nim tries to help the war effort and win her school's newspaper drive. A blend of historical and cultural detail, this picture book for older readers addresses racism in defining who is a "real" American.
Annotation:"World War II has invaded Davy’s homefront boyhood. There’s an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Brother Bill has joined up, breaking their dad’s heart. It’s an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry."
Annotation:Not all wars are fought on battlefields. After his father goes off to France during the summer of 1918, eleven-year-old Joe takes on hard new responsibilities on his parents' sheep ranch and learns grownup truths about bullies and prejudice.
Annotation:In their Pennsylvania town in 1942 twelve-year-old Charlotte and her classmates collect scrap metal for the war effort only to have it disappear from the school basement. Part of the History Mysteries series.
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War has an impact on kids and adults alike, whether they live in a place where the daily peace is broken by bombing or in a "safe" area where wartime means learning to do without a lot of luxuries that are needed at the front. Kids also "did their part" by collecting scrap, volunteering at soldiers' hospitals, and growing their own vegetables in Victory Gardens. It is the children who experience the changes to families that war often brings and children who listen to the stories their grandparents are finally ready to tell about their days of war.
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