Eddie's War

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World War II. Hitler is threatening to take over the world. Eddie Carl thinks America should stop him-it's just plain right. But Eddie's just a kid, and the farm in Ellisville, Illinois, is a long way from the fighting.

Ellisville: where the big news stories are gophers in the graveyard and the new bank alarm. But then America joins the war and Eddie's brother Thomas goes off to fly a bomber. Suddenly the war doesn't seem so far away. And Eddie faces more grown-up problems at ...

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World War II. Hitler is threatening to take over the world. Eddie Carl thinks America should stop him-it's just plain right. But Eddie's just a kid, and the farm in Ellisville, Illinois, is a long way from the fighting.

Ellisville: where the big news stories are gophers in the graveyard and the new bank alarm. But then America joins the war and Eddie's brother Thomas goes off to fly a bomber. Suddenly the war doesn't seem so far away. And Eddie faces more grown-up problems at home: A fire at the Strothers' place, and his gypsy friend accused of arson. Grampa Rob, all stubborn and mean. Grama Lucy with her secrets. And that redhead Sarah, who definitely likes him-unless maybe she hates him. Somehow Eddie's in the middle of it all, trying to figure out what's right. Let Thomas fight World War II. Eddie's war is right here in Ellisville.

Eddie's War is a lyrical collection of prose vignettes linking Eddie, his family, and a small-town cast of Ellisvillians. Poignant and funny, this World War II story tells how a distant war affects the life of one boy in the Heartland.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2011

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Editorial Reviews

Bankstreet Best Books of 2012
Beautifully written prose vignettes. (Outstanding Merit)
Horn Book
Beautifully phrased and vividly revealing of character... An authentic window into the past that recalls the narrative power of Karen Hesse's verse and the moral debate in Mary Downing Hahn's Stepping on the Cracks.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Saller's poems build from finely delineated episodes of no immediately apparent weight into a cumulative portrait of a tightly interlocked community... Reminiscent of Betsy Byars' Keeper of the Doves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608981090
  • Publisher: namelos
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 493,079
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Fisher Saller grew up not far from Ellisville in the bigger city of Peoria. She now lives in Chicago, where she is a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press and editor of the Chicago Manual of Style's online Q&A. She doesn’t have a dog, but is a writer anyhow; her last book was The Subversive Copy Editor.
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