Saturday, November 20, 2010

This Means War - Ellen Wittlinger

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Pages:  211
Source: Review Copy from publisher
Genre:  Middle Grade, Historical Fiction

Juliet has been friends with Lowell for years.  Now things seem to be changing.  He seems to have drawn a line that says boys can do things girls can't and they can do them better.  Juliet is hurt because they never seemed to have that problem before.  Then she meets the new air force brat, Patsy.  Patsy befriends her and together they have their own adventure until Juliet and the girls are told to get lost.  Patsy lets the boys know that girls can do anything they can do only better.  Led by the town bully the boys propose a series of tests to prove the girls wrong.  This eventually becomes a "war" between them.  The fact that the time period is when the  U.S. is watching Russia and there are rumors of War, only heighten the war between the kids.  How far will the kids to go to win?

This was a wonderful book about growing up and fears and how kids often handle them.  It sets the time period wonderfully.  Kids get a history lesson about the time period without being bombarded with a lot of historical facts in a dry way.  I believe this is a book many students will be able to relate to on some level.

(The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of the other panalists)

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