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War and Watermelon

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It's the summer of 1969. We've just landed on the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets are beginning their famous World Series run, and Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and how much playing time he'll get on the football team. But when he goes along for the ride...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Viking Juvenile
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Bailey Lincoln

Well the book was about a boy named Brody Winslow who is alive during the 60's,it also takes place during the summer. Brody like to play football he is playing football for his school, he plays football with his best friend Tony. Him and Tony also go to the pool and swim a lot Both Tony and Brody are in the same grade and they both go to the same school.They hang out a lot after Football practice, They talk about these two girls that they like, their names are Patty and Janet. They plan to meet...more
sweet, kind of reminded me of wonder years ... a little light on plot and resolution but pleasant historical fiction... some mild language and alcohol and pot... I think kids would like it...
Jun 08, 2011 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all young readers
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: TLC
I am SO glad I got the chance to experience Rich Wallace's writing. He really knows how to create his characters, give them flaws and unique personalities, blend them with a life-like plot and bring it to life for the young readers. Not to mention the cover of this book totally ROCKS! I love the "hippie" era (as I like to refer to it...) and I LOVE watermelon so the combo of the peace sign from the watermelon was spot on for me! Really captured my eye and would have made this a book I would have...more
Ms. Yingling

In the summer of 1969, Brody is dreading junior high while looking forward to playing on the football team. His older brother, Ryan, has just graduated from high school and is stocking shelves at a grocery store, which makes Brody worry that Ryan may soon be drafted. The brothers attend Woodstock, follow the popular rock songs and the Mets baseball season, and try not to have too many generation gap fights with their (shocking!) mother AND father. Brody and his friends also spend a fair amount o...more
War & Watermelon by Rich Wallace, a Junior Library Guide selection, is set in 1969 in New Jersey just as the Vietnam War is beginning to rage and Woodstock is ready to rock suburban New York. New Jersey brothers Brody and Ryan take a road trip to the concert of their generation as Ryan continues to avoid questions from his parents about his future, particularly college, and the draft. Brody is just about to start junior high school and is eager to join the football team, but his world is ins...more
Like a snapshot in history, War & Watermelon takes the reader back to the year 1969 during the months of August and September. A time of war, baseball, football, Woodstock and changes, this is one boy's month to be remembered and will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

I knew when I began reading War & Watermelon that I was going to be quickly engrossed within twelve-year-old Brody's life and I was not disappointed. The way in which Rich Wallace writes is like sitting down with a f...more
Brody Winslow is enjoying the last of the summer. He just made the football team before entering the 7th grade in 1969. He frequently attends the activities at his local swim club. He likes some to the girls but he thinks they have not noticed him yet. His brother Ryan graduated high school last June and has decided not to attend college just yet. But America is engaged in the Vietnam War and if you are 18 and not in college then you get drafted. Ryan’s 18th birthday is fast approaching. Even at...more
A great historical fiction about the late 60's. The main character, Brody, has an older brother, Ryan, who just graduated from High School and doesn't want to go to college. His father is absolutely upset because as soon as he's 18 he could be drafted into the Vietnam War. Ryan has other plans like Woodstock. Brody, who is just 12, gets dragged along for the ride. He learns a lot about growing up from his brother and his brother's girlfriend, Jenny. He also has a best friend, Tony, who teaches h...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Overall, reading this book was a lot like watching an episode of The Wonder Years. It made the 1960's accessible to me through Brody's observations and made things that happened 40 years ago still feel relevant to me today. I also like the way Brody's taste in music slowly starts to reflect his change in point of view about the war and the world around him. That may have been too subtle to be obvious to kids, but I still liked the artistry behind it. This book is well-written, and if kids do cho...more
War & Watermelon felt like a well worn shoe, comfortable. I lived these events and angst. Will middle schools find it appealing? Time will tell.

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(Music: The Times They are A'changin) Men walked on the moon. Woodstock. The Mets the worst team in baseball is about to flying into first place.
Girls are a mystery to me, but my best friend Tony is trying to hook me up with one. And my home front is a minefield. If my dad and brother aren't arguing, it must be because they're not talking...more
Sario Lawrence
1969: Woodstock, Vietnam War, the Mets and Jr. High. War and Watermelon takes a snapshot of 12 year old Brody's life in the midst of history happening all around him. His main concerns include night swimming, the top songs on the radio, how the Mets are doing, his fear of fumbling the ball during the big game and if his older brother Ryan will go to college or get drafted. This book captures the way I remember summers, full of swimming, heat, tv and radio. Not a lot happens, but I think that's k...more
Avoiding plot seems to be considered a literary device in teen lit these days, and this book does everything it can to avoid any plot motion. Not only does nothing happen, but all resolution is carefully avoided. There is a hint of romance, but no conclusion either way. There is the prospect of getting drafted for Vietnam, but it goes away. They don't even play the big football game in the end, the main character just thinks about how it might end. Nothing happens, and in my mind, that's not a s...more
Sharon Kalman
Will move it from J to YA: older brother and friends drink alcohol and smoke marijuana (main character never even considers it and it is never offered to him). Otherwise, a good look at 1969 from a 7th grade point of view. Intersting that Woodstock was just a chapter in his life--not the be all and end all, as most books of the late '60's tend to be. Enjoyable.
male protagonist; 1st person.
1960s Vietnam War era
entering 7th grade and a new school
Football/baseball (Mets)**
Older brother relationship (conflict betw war and college)
music, poetry
girls (1st encounter)
Comfortable, easy to read
Great sense of the time period with authentic cultural references
i didnt finish this, i abandoned it. it didnt really captivate my interest, but i've decided when i have to do another research paper for school and iget to pick the topic, it's gonna be on Woodstock. anyways i mean it wasn't the best.
This was a fun book for middle schoolers. There was a lot of sports action, music, and talk about Vietnam. Students will need some background information to make sense of some of the details.
Lorraine Stinson
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Phyllis Watto
This is a book that a middle school boy will like. The author's humor is definitely manly. I enjoyed it because it is about the time period when I grew up.
Pauline Rouse
This book was cute. I liked it. It was a little boring and struggled to get my attention at some points but other than that it was...good.
Colby Sharp
Vietnam, football, middle school dances, Woodstock, war protest, and watermelon-I'm not sure what more you could ask for in a MG novel.
Reviewing this for free as part of a Goodreads First Reads book.

Interesting take on a war novel.
this book is okeyyyyyyyy
Meh. Maybe it's because I'm not a boy?
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