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Posted November 6, 2014
"Don't you know there is a war on?" is a really good book. I first found this book when I looked in my sister's pile of old books she bought. I decided to look at the book since I saw the authors name because I heard Avi is a really good author. It is a good thing I picked this book up because it was worth reading! It is very realistic book and it is suspenseful. This book is about an 11 year old boy named Howie who is living during World War II in Brooklyn. Howie's father is an American soldier who is serving the country by fighting the Nazi's and his mother works at the Navy Yard doing her best helping during the war. While everyone is preoccupied with the war, Howie is spending most of his time paying attention to his secret crush which is his teacher Ms. Gossim! With a little of spying he thinks his principal is a spy and that Ms. Gossim is going to be fired! He doesn't know why but at all cost he doesn't want Ms. Gossim to be fired. What he doesn't know is that his friend has a crush on Ms. Gossim too. My favorite scene is when he was going to buy milk at a store and there was a blackout. During the blackout a soldier caught him outside. Back then there was a curfew. The soldier told him to go back home but instead of going home, he went to Ms. Gossim's house since it was close by. He rang her doorbell and went inside her apartment. They talked for a little while. Then he tells her that he knows she is going to be fired but since he doesn't know why his guess was totally wrong. Ms. Gossim tells him the actually reason why she is getting fired is because she is now married a pregnant. During that time teachers who are married are not allowed to teach anymore. The book is told by his 16 year old self. I would recommend this book to a friend!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2014
“Don’t you know there’s a war on?” is the title of the book I had just read. The authors name goes by AVI which his sister called him at young age and stuck with him ever since. His real name is Edward Irving Wortis, he never understood why his sister Emily gave him the name AVI. He was born in New York just like the setting of the book and around the same age as the main character Howard or known as “Howie Crispers”.
The book is based in the WWII era (approximately 1943-1945) with the an eleven year old kid as the main character, Howard Crispers living in Brooklyn, New York with his mom, and sister. His father is in the war fighting over in Europe, Howie is constantly thinking of him. He goes to school at Public School Number Eight “P.S.8” The Robert Fulton School was the actual name, just the kids going there named it that and it stuck. Howie has a best friend more like a ‘brother’ named Denny and his dad is also in the war only fighting in Africa. Howie only likes to go to school for two main reasons, his friends and “crush” Miss. Gossim. Just like any other young kids that age and era believed in everything, especially that all the adults they don’t know or hate are spies. One day Howie is on his way to school already late as it is gets in to some worse trouble being a curious kid like we all once were. He decides to sneak into his Principals house to snoop around since the chute for the coal was open. When he enters he did not expect to hear what any kid wants to hear about his favorite teacher, especially if he has a “crush” on her. Ever since that moment he decided to enter the principals house, he got into problems that he shouldn’t have to deal with at all. Now he doesn’t just worry about his dad now, but his teacher and problems at his house.
When I read this book, I had a visual image of like the “Sandlot” kind of feel to it when I read it. It was just a pretty detailed life as a kid living during WWII in New York. Gave a good sense of how things used to be seventy years ago. AVI was just writing about a fictional character in a fact fiction lifestyle, since he grew up during that time.
This book was actually interesting to me, being in an older setting than modern time was nice. I really liked it how kids used to be smart without the need of technology. The Saturday night movies every week was pretty cool to be with all your friends packing a movie theatre would be great! Walking around your neighborhood with a red little wagon looking for scrap to help with the war effort was a daily thing and to me was pretty awesome. I wouldn’t mind doing that everyday just to get out the house.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII novels, this book in the eyes of a kid was really good. When reading this book you’ll notice how they use code words like “you really are a sad Sam”. And other sorts of sayings that you don’t understand at first but will catch on to later on. One thing is this book is pretty easy to read through quickly, so If you want something to last longer this isn’t your kind of book.
Posted March 23, 2009
I am an 11 year old boy from North Carolina. I loved this book by the wonderful and great Auther Avi,to anyone who wants to read a great war story, that could have taken place during "any war in America."I think it is during WWII, becuase it is in the 1940's, when WWII was on.I read this all the time, bus,school, and home.
I reccomend this great book to anyone who wants a great and interesting war story! READ THIS BOOK!!
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Posted March 17, 2009
I really liked the book, it was very interesting. The genre of the book isnt one of my favorites but it was a great book. The main character Howie Crispers was a very funny kid and I like how he has a huge crush on his teacher Miss Gossim, its very funny how disciptive he is when hes talking about her. Howie and best friend Denny sound like a bounch of crazy kids, I like how they think there principle is a spy. Then Howie sneaks in and over hear him talking about Miss Gossim his secret lover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2005
Posted December 1, 2004
Don¿t You Know There¿s A War On? Austin Willie. The book, Don¿t You Know There¿s A War On?, is so awesome you will jump out of your socks every time you turn the page! Do you like books with settings from World War II? In this book there is an amazingly accurate detailed description of those lives affected by the War. AVI has done it again! With realistic characters so descriptive you will see the story just like a movie that you¿re watching at an I-MAX theatre! Howie and Denny worry about their dads because they never know where they are. Headlines and letters only make matters worse. This mindspinding story will make you laugh, cry, and keep you guessing until the very end. When Howie is faced with a choice to sneak into his principal¿s house, he falls into a coal chute and is covered in coal dust. Howie and Denny¿s dads are in the Pacific Islands and there is nothing they can do about it. And with Miss Gossim getting fired, the boys have a lot on their minds. Everything in this story is not all that confusing. This book will astound you with its amazing tales of heroism, bravery, and a little bit of stupidity, but as they say ¿Don¿t you know there¿s a War on?¿ This story makes you guess until the very end. And when you reach the end your head will still be and spinning and you¿ll still be guessing! So, with all the action and turning points, you never know who or what is next! Okay so you¿ve heard my opinion, now it¿s time for your own opinion! So what are you waiting for get that lazy caboose away from the computer and go buy this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2003
From the moment I picked up ¿Don¿t You Know There¿s A War On?¿ by Avi (Scholastic Inc., 2001, apx. $5.95), there was no way I could put it down! The protagonist in this fascinating novel by Avi, is Howard Bellington Crispers, Howie for short. Howie is an 11 year old boy in 1943, during World War II, in Brooklyn. Daune Coleman (who goes by Denny) is Howie's best friend. Howie and Denny go through many changes and challenges, including writing a petition to save their favorite teacher from getting fired. The news articles, that Avi brilliantly wrote into the book, give this hypnotizing historical fiction book originality. 'Don't You Know There's A War On?' is a must read for all children ages 9-12.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2003
'Dont you know their is a war on' is a great book anyone would enjoy. It is a intense drama and comedy. The book is about a boy who falls in love with his teacher and trys to keep her from getting fired. Also has some interesting information on the war. You will fall in love with the characters!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2003
Great! I loved the expressions and Avi's way of putting things together! Put it on your list. It may not sound good, but I finished it one night with a candle for light and couldn't put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2003
This book was the best thing I had ever read. It was manly about a kid and his friend in a war. But don't let that stop you from getting it because the rating for this too big to put in words.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2009
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Posted November 23, 2008
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