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A Troubled Peace

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  164 ratings  ·  32 reviews
March 1945

World War II may be ending, but for nineteen-year-old pilot Henry Forester the conflict still rages. Shot down behind enemy lines in France, Henry endured a dangerous trek to freedom, relying on the heroism of civilians and Resistance fighters to stay alive. But back home in Virginia, Henry is still reliving air battles with Hitler's Luftwaffe and his torture by
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published August 18th 2009)
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May 03, 2009 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katherine by: Laura Elliott
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This book is not yet an ARC but I urge you to look for it when it comes out. The sequel to Under A War Torn Sky, it deals with Henry's inability to adjust to life back on the farm, haunted by his experiences in Europe escaping the Nazis.
He returns to France as WW II ends, trying to find out what has happened to those who helped him escape (he was shot down behind enemy lines). This is a haunting look at life in a country that has been devastated by war, the terrible lives of those who have "surv
Laura Elliott was kind enough to send me an ARC of this title. Just finished it a few minutes ago and had to send her an email letting her know how it had affected me. Hopefully she won't mind that I'm including part of it below:

You have such a gift for creating characters who really resonate with kids. It sounds so cliched to say that you bring history to life for them, but WOW. Kids who thought they had "learned" World War II are going to be knocked off their feet when they read this. Letting
This is the sequel to Under a War-torn Sky which I have taught in the past and am again using with an EFL class with the theme of WWII. The students have appreciated that book in the past, and when ordering it, I saw there was a sequel and decided to check it out. This picks up shortly after the previous one ends, and is a very interesting look at France in the immediate post-war period. Not for the faint of heart, the descriptions of the retributions and revenge are probably nonetheless still t ...more
A Troubled Peace is a sequel the Under a War Torn Sky. It is about the now nineteen year old named Henry Forrester who suffers what in today standards is called PTSD. He can't stop remembering his air battles, his run in with the gestapo, and the lives of all the people that had helped him after he crashed. Specifically one boy named Pierre. He goes to France to find Pierre and hopefully help himself receive closure so he can move on. This book was another fantastic book by Laura Malone Elliott. ...more
I'm conflicted about this book and would probably give it a 3.5 if I could.

I first heard about A Troubled Peace when I was reading The Book Thief. It has won awards and gotten recognition for being an ideal middle grade historical reader about World War II. It is hyper accurate. I can't complain about Elliott's research. I actually learned some interesting details about the peace process for the people of France in the spring/summer of 1945.

However, it has two key problems - 1. lack of a storyli
Laura LeAnn
The sequel to L.M. Elliott's first novel, Under a War Torn Sky, this story follows Henry as he returns to France in an attempt to heal from the effects of the dramatic nightmares he suffers after returning home to Virginia. Many of the characters from the first novel are in this story as well including Claudette and Madame Gaulloise. Henry's main mission on his return to France is to look for Pierre, the boy that he left in the care of a priest after Pierre's grandfather was killed and the mothe ...more
Annie Bennett
Feb 01, 2013 Annie Bennett rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys and girls, 12-14
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A Troubled Peace
Author, Laura Malone Elliott

If there was an award for “the book that touched the hearts,” a Troubled Peace would certainly get that award. A Troubled Peace is the sequel to Under a War Torn Sky, which was our summer reading book last year. I had liked the book so much that I read it twice, and I looked to see if there was a sequel. Once I had heard that there was indeed a sequel, I had screamed.
Honestly, I loved this book, and would read it again, I would suggest it to those wh
I managed to read this book, the sequel, first and liked it enough to go back and read the prior book, A War-torn Sky. I am happy to report that reading them out of order in no way lessened my enjoyment and understanding of the books. I personally hate books that have to be read in order. As a librarian, I know how hard it is to get all the books, keep all the books, etc., when they just HAVE to be read in ORDER!

As World War II is ending, Henry Forester is still in conflict. Henry was shot down
This is the sequel to "Under a War-Torn Sky" and I loved it. I was a bit aprehensive about reading it because I knew it addressed the emotional state of the main character after he came home from war and well- i'm not a huge fan of depressing books. I have decided L.M. Elliott is one of my favorite authors though, especially for historical fiction! She does the perfect balance of showing both sides of situations, giving accounts of atrosities, but also maintains an overlying hopeful tone (which ...more
Thomas Colburn
A Troubled Peace by L.M. Elliot is an ok book. It was not quite my favorite. There wasn't quite a lot of action. It was also a very confusing book. The good part about it was it was very intense at a couple parts and it wanted me to keep reading. I think that it wasn't quite the right choice for me but i know people that would definately love this book.
A. G.
I thought this book was written very well. I wish I had read the first one first but I didn't know it was a sequel at the time. It's a little sad because it's about the war but has a really sweet ending. I liked the ending and the begining the best. The ending because I felt it tied everything together really well and left no loose ends. The begining because the author did a good job of setting the mood. It was a little hard to follow in some places although history is not my best subject. Over ...more
This is a great book If you like Historical fiction and facts about World War 2. It was a great book but very sad when they tell about the horrors of the concentration and work camps. It tells how the people were living like after the war was over. It was horrible. This is a book for guys who are into war stories and world war 2 planes. Over all this was a very good book. My favorite part of this book was when Henry finds the women he needs to find pierre. It was good and then he wasn't there an ...more
Ronaldo peralta
Henry a american pilot in world war 2 is on a search for Pierre a resistance kid that save.The after war effects caused destruction,and things to be more expensive, also rationing.Henry found out Pierre mother was killed.Henry is at France when Hitler commits suiced and Nazis surrendered and Allies win.Pierre and Henry return to the United States with help from Claudette.Claudette helped Henry too.
This book is absolutely amazing. Mrs. Elliot sure knows how to draw up a character. Henry is such a realistic, well-mannered, clean-cut young man, it's impossible not to root for him. The whole book kept my attention even though I had to put it down sometimes because I was just overwhelmed by the writing and the heart-breaking ground it covered. This is a book I'll be reading again.
Lindsey Delong
I love learning about history through a main character's eyes, and this book does exactly that. Laura Malone Elliott does a nice job of creating such a surreal and heartfelt story for the reader to follow. It is so easy for the audience to put themselves into the novel as the character and to feel the seriousness of the timeline of events. It is an awesome book!
Not as good as Under a War Torn Sky...too much review during the flashbacks, it was like she retold the entire book. Also, seemed more preachy, and less action. Liked the characters, and seeing how they had changed, but wasn't nearly as thrilled as I was with the prequel. Great author notes at the back, history elements I didn't know about.
Wanda Jones
I liked the way this book deals with what happens to young soldiers when they return home from the war. The protagonist is captured and tortured by Nazis while trying to escape from France. In his dreams at night he relives the torture and the pain of not knowing what happened to those that tried to help him escape.
I didn't find this one as engaging as the prequel "Under a War-torn Sky," but it was worth reading, especially if you're interested in WW II. Henry Forrester returns to Europe to find a lost French boy who helped him survive and to put to rest his own demons. Very good images of post-war France.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Not as good as the prequel, Under a War-Torn Sky , unfortunately.
I was so glad I accidentally found this book in the library, because "Under a War-Torn Sky" was so good. I like this sequel a lot. I give it two thumbs up and five stars for sure.
It was good. not as great as the first one....the ending could have been better, to me it seemed as if the author got tired of writing so she just cut off the ending :/
Starts slowly, but builds. Rich with historical detail. Not a particularly moving narrative until about the halfway point, but a worthy YA read.
Finished the book within a few days, very fast paced but Henry was a dynamic, interesting character.
A great sequel to one of my favorites under a war torn sky. well written characters and plot.
Kay Leslie
Very good sequel to "Under a war torn sky". For sure a Young Adult book.
Lizzie Takash
An excellent sequal to Under a War torn Sky. Just as good as the first book.
I'm in love with this book so far and I can't wait till the next chapter!
Apr 08, 2012 Megan added it
BORING ....... but for people who are into World War 2 may like it..
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also published under the name Laura Malone Elliott

L. M. Elliott is author of the young adult (YA) historical novels: Under a War-torn Sky, a Notable Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), a Jefferson Cup Honor Book, winner of Border’s Original Voices Award for YA Literature, and a finalist for the Iowa, PA, SC, and MD state teen literature awards; Annie, Between the States, a New York Public Library B
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