Fighting the war at home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 January 2015
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.

The futility of war

Jane Fagan | 20 October 2014
The life of a young girl in Hiroshima during WWII.

How much do you value books?

Jane Fagan | 21 February 2014
An award-winning author; a "rising star" illustrator

A story that needs to be told

Jane Fagan | 07 February 2014
A rare account of a boy on Schindler's List.

War pits brother against brother

Jennifer Minicus | 22 August 2013
An award winning book about the American Civil War.

Historical Fiction for Teens

Clare Cannon | 09 April 2013
A series that puts heart into history.

The Winged Watchman

Margaret Hannon | 16 June 2012
A story of patriotism, faith and family.

The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay

Tim Golden | 26 April 2012
To trap a brilliant German, Richard Hannay has to pose as a pacifist.

Shooting Kabul

Jennifer Minicus | 16 April 2012
A wonderful story about family loyalty.

Moon Over Manifest

Jennifer Minicus | 06 May 2011
This Newbery winner has all the makings of a modern classic.

For teens, for mothers, for grandmothers: A Rose for the ANZAC Boys

Clare Cannon | 15 January 2011
This is one of the most moving historical novels I've found.

Dear Olly

Tim Golden | 18 October 2010
Intelligent and talented 18 year old Matt travels to Africa to help war-injured children, leaving his widowed mother and younger sister Olly behind. They, in turn, wait for his letters.

Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.

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