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Off to War
Voices of Soldiers' Children
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Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Deborah Ellis has been widely praised for her gripping books portraying the plight of children in war-torn countries. Now she turns her attention...
Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Deborah Ellis has been widely praised for her gripping books portraying the plight of children in war-torn countries. Now she turns her attention...
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  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book

    Deborah Ellis has been widely praised for her gripping books portraying the plight of children in war-torn countries. Now she turns her attention closer to home, to the children whose parents are soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    In frank and revealing interviews, they talk about how this experience has marked and shaped their lives.The children, who range in age from 7 to 17, come from all over North America. They were interviewed on military bases, in the streets, in their homes and over the phone. The strength of Off to War is that the children are left to speak for themselves, with little editorial interference beyond a brief introduction.

    Includes a glossary, a list of organizations and websites and suggestions for further reading.

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  • DEBORAH ELLIS is the author of the international bestseller The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages. She has won the Governor General's Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Deborah has donated more than $2 million in royalties to organizations such as Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Mental Health Without Borders, the UNHCR and the Children in Crisis fund of IBBY. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

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  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2008
    Gr 4-8-War is hell, and not just for the soldiers who go off to fight it. In interviews with approximately 40 children, all of whom have at least one parent who is serving, or has served, in Iraq or Afghanistan, Ellis shows just how hard it is on the family members left behind. Ranging in age from 6 to 17, young people from Canada and the United States talk about the things that are on their minds. Worry about their parents' safety, pride in their service to their country, and confusion about why such service is necessary are all intermingled with the everyday concerns of friends, school, and "just getting on with life." Common themes run throughout; many of those interviewed mention how important it is to maintain a normal life and to find people they trust to talk to, and how hard it is when they are not around other families who are experiencing the same issues. Accessible and utterly readable, this book offers a glimpse into current home-front life, and is a primary source of what it means to have a family member serving in a war. While students may find some of the reading repetitive, the book is an excellent resource for opening discussions about the current events."Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA"

    Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    October 15, 2008
    Grades 6-12 In any war it is always the children who are the biggest losers. Ellis has written many books, including the Breadwinner Trilogy, about young people caught up in war. Now she interviews children of Canadian and American soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. For each child, Ellis starts with a brief general introduction and includes a small photo; then the child speaks about pride, anger, and sadness in the military family. Some young people are proud (the army is in Iraq to give us freedom); they hate the antiwar demonstrators. But some kids (and some soldier parents, too) support the peace movement. The partings are heartbreaking, and the return home can be filled with problems, as in the case of a traumatized dad who abuses his wife and kids, and his family wonders if he shot at children on his tours of duty. Ellis tells everything without sensationalism, including the sadness when the soldier parent does not come home alive. The personal voices are unforgettable.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

  • Kirkus Reviews ...gives voice to the children of Canadian and American soldiers...it is their accumulation that makes an impact...Ellis continues to be an important voice of moral and social conscience...

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