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Jennifer Marie | 3 comments (Not sure if this is posted under the right topic, really looking for Middle Grade age 9-14)

Anyway... Are there any books that have been published about the War in Afghanistan for the Middle Grade reader? I've asked some librarian friends and they couldn't really come up with anything.

When I say war - I'm really looking for a book where there's a 12-13 year old (or around that age) protagonist who has to deal with the effects of the war for him/her back home...

I've done tons of searches but can't seem to find anything out there. (It could be the Iraq war as well though I'm more interested in Afghanistan.)

Thanks. Vancouver author Deborah Ellis has a 3 part series for children which I would imagine are fabulous.

Here is a review of one of them:

We own these books but have not yet read them as our children are 6 and 8. Thanks for the reminder, though, as they're getting to a good age now for digesting novels.


"A podcast about the children's books we love and why we love them -- recorded in our favourite coffee shop" Oh ya, I should mention, these books do not take place in North America.

Another good book is the thoroughly effective picture book:

I'll give the north american setting some thought, and let you know if anything eventually comes to mind.


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Jennifer Marie | 3 comments THANKS! I'm gonna check them out. I'm actually reading The Breadwinner right now.

And the theme of the Protagonist being the 12 years and the parent serving will work too. So that's good. I'm just trying to read as much as I can to see how others have dealt with the situation (I'm currently writing a story about a girl who's brother was deployed to Afghanistan...hence why I've been searching for other similar books to see how they deal with situations.


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Jennifer Marie | 3 comments Sunrise Over Fallujah. Got that on my list too :)

Thanks everyone for their suggestions and help.

message 6: by sarafem (new)

sarafem The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is hands-down one of the best, most inspiring children's books I've ever read; it is what really got me into multicultural kiddie-lit.

message 7: by Mary (last edited Aug 19, 2008 06:40AM) (new)

Mary | 2 comments Janet Muirhead Hill as written a middle-grade book titled "Danny's Dragon." It's about a young boy dealing with losing his father in the Iraq war.

I know you're looking for Afghanistan, but wanted to mention this book.

message 8: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Kimmal Though it is mostly a fun read Homework Machine deals with one of the main character's father being killed in Iraq.

message 9: by Shoshana (new)

Shoshana The Horn Book website has a recent list of books dealing with war:

message 10: by Sydney (new)

Sydney (sydneysalter) I also want to recommend Heart Of A Shepherd by Rosanne Parry. It doesn't come out until the end of January 2009--but it's a great story about a boy dealing with his father's deployment in Iraq.

message 11: by Christine (last edited Aug 31, 2010 11:49PM) (new)

Christine | 36 comments Wanting Mor by Ruksana Kahn (Gr 5-8)
Back Home by Julia Keller - Pulitzer Prize winner (Gr 5-8)
Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI Non-fiction (age 14+ some language, graphic war violence)

message 12: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 722 comments Not for the age group listed above, but a picture book I just read that has a father serving in the military is Stars Above Us. The book focusses on the relationship between the daughter, Amanda, and her dad...and it doesn't directly state that the father is in the military but he is shown wearing a uniform and the mom explains that he is very brave and he is in danger but is trying to stay safe to come home. May be comforting to younger children whose parents are in the military.

message 13: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 722 comments Two other picture books that I mentioned a while back in the Veterans Day thread, but that I'll mention here too are:

The first book is Hero Dad. This is a short but sweet book. The young boy explains that his dad is a superhero...only he doesn't have x ray vision, but night vision and he doesn't wear a cloak but camouflage and so on. But he is a hero just the same. This would be especially appropriate for younger children.

The second book is Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom. This book is a series of (fictional) letters from a young girl to her military mom who is stationed overseas. It would be very appropriate for a child who had a family member overseas or for other children to see the sacrifices they make. As a teacher, I can see many teaching points out of this book. Many teaching points about soldiers and their sacrifices, but also it would be a great source to review letter format. Also, after each letter Lizzie draws a map for her mom (maps of her bedroom, her town, the US, the world), so this could be a great book for studying geography and maps. At the end, there is a list of ways for families to cope with having a family member stationed away from home. I thought it was well written.

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