The War with Grandpa

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Overview

Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, William Allen White Award, Tennessee Children's Choice Book Award, Parents' Choice Award, An IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Mark Twain Award, Young Hoosier Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award, Georgia Children's Book Award.

Upset that he has ...

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Overview

Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, William Allen White Award, Tennessee Children's Choice Book Award, Parents' Choice Award, An IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Mark Twain Award, Young Hoosier Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award, Georgia Children's Book Award.

Upset that he has to give up the room he loves to his grandfather, Pete decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life."—School Library Journal.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—More than two decades after its original publication, one of Robert Kimmel Smith's bestselling children's books (Delacorte, 1984) has been released in audio format. Peter has lived in the same room his whole life and he loves it. He also loves his grandfather. But when his grandfather moves to his house and takes his room, Peter has to relocate upstairs. Peter wants his room back, so he "declares war" and starts playing pranks on his grandfather. Grandpa knows a few pranks of his own and humorous hijinks ensue. In the end, both grandparent and child are able to face their personal losses. Nicholas Kelly does a good job of recreating Pete's authentic 10-year-old voice, perfectly capturing its rhythm and inflection. He also voices the other characters well, moving easily from old to young, and male to female. The emotions of the various characters are clearly portrayed, from grandfather's exasperation to the parents' concern and the sister's taunting. A good way to introduce an older classic to a new generation of children.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440492764
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1984
  • Series: Yearling Series
  • Edition description: Reprinted
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 73,643
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kimmel Smith began dreaming of becoming a writer at the age of eight, when he spent three months in bed reading while recovering from rheumatic fever. He enrolled in Brooklyn College in 1947, and served in the U.S. Army, in Germany. In 1954 he married Claire Medney, his editor and literary agent. They have two children: Heidi and Roger. After writing advertising copy, Robert Kimmel Smith became a full-time writer in 1970.
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      This is the true and real story of what happened when Grandpa came to live
      with us and took my room and how I went to war with him and him with me
      and what happened after that.

      I am typing it out on paper without lines on my dad's typewriter because
      Mrs. Klein, she's my 5th grade English teacher, said that we should write
      a story about something important that happened to us and to tell it "true
      and real" and put in words that peoples said if we can remember and to put
      quote marks around them and everything....

      My little sister, Jennifer, just came in and asked me what I'm doing and
      I told her....

      "I think you should begin with me," Jenny said, "because I found out Grandpa
      was coming to live here before you even knew about it."

      "Good idea," I said.

      "And put in the story that I am very beautiful with long blond hair and
      lovely blue eyes."

      "I just did."

      "Now you'll have a good story," she said.

      

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Table of Contents

1. Peter Stokes's True and Real Story 1
2. The Beginning 5
3. A Room Without Gloom 9
4. The Deadly Dinner 11
5. Sad and Blue as the Sky 17
6. I Promise 20
7. Bits and Pieces 22
8. Night Fright 26
9. Grandpa Jack 30
10. Another Night, Another Fright 35
11. Only a Dope Will Mope 36
12. A Little Help from My Friends 39
13. A Light in the Attic 43
14. War Is Declared!!! 45
15. It Takes Two Sides to Fight a War 50
16. The First Strategy Conference 52
17. Night Attack 54
18. The First Peace Conference 57
19. A Flag of Truce 60
20. A Slippery Customer 64
21. Strategy and Supplies 67
22. Slapshot 70
23. Time Out for Jenny 75
24. A Dirty Trick 79
25. And Dirty Words 84
26. Rocker and Roll 88
27. Go Fish 93
28. Playing Hardball 100
29. Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop 104
30. Jenny the Spy 106
31. The Shoe Drops ... Kerplunk! 111
32. The Last Strategy Conference 118
33. The Last Attack 121
34. War's End 124
35. Bottoms Up 129
36. Building the Peace 134
37. For My Teacher 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Awesome

    One of the best books i have ever read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Anominous

    I love it my teacher read it to me also

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    The war with grandpa

    This is a prettu good book so far,if you read twice than before you fell a connection and discover new things that you didnt before.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Goo book

    I read this book last year in 4th grade and it was really entertaining and had a lot of action. It was funny too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Entertaining

    Good story I would say.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    I bought this book yesterday and now i have to buy it again in order to read it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    Funny and entertaining!!

    I liked this book because it was funny and I liked the story. I didn't think the grandfather was going to go to war with his grandson over a room. This book helped me with my relationship with my brother. It taught me not to fight with my family over something dumb. I can now handle when my little brother goes into my room to touch my toys. I think that this book is entertaining for the whole family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Hunter

    War with grandpa

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Carol

    Good book lots of action

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    war with grandpa

    this book is great with a very fun character peter love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    great

    great book

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    An early lesson in coexistence

    I am from India, a place where traditionally, there would be nothing remarkable in having one grandparent or both staying with the family -- although, in recent years urban society has tended to favor the western model. When my daughter's teacher picked this book as a reading choice for my daughter with autism, I wondered how big of a cultural divide I would have to leap. But I was pleasantly surprised. This is an utterly charming and convincing story told from a child's perspective. It awakens empathy in children. And it reminds adults that lessons in coexistence are either learned early or not at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    the war with grandpa

    my language arts teacher read the war with grandpa out loud to my class and i thought it was realy funny!!! i recommend this to people who like funny books.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    The Worst Book I have ever read

    This is perhaps the lamest attempt to write a bad book. I mean, the little kid's a BIG brat, the little sisters greedy and annoying, and i can't believe that the kid's friends call him stupid and tell him to hurt his family. I think that this book has no meaning and promotes bad social behavior. Real nice, Mr. Smith.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Veevek's review of 'The War With Grandpa. '

    This book is really good book.What made it so good is that it was really detailed.It also tought important lessons like 'You should never fight with your kins' and 'Values of family'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Naobe & Caroline grade 5

    Our class read this book and it was a great remark.At first we thougt that grandpa was going to war,well it was war with his grandson.It was a fasinating story & you will surely enjoy it.Only if you like,its not our oppion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Our 5 grade review of 'The war with grandpa'.

    The war with grandpa was a good book seeing as it had humor included with a lesson. This book showed that war is just not about fun. War really hurts. war should be used in very strong occasions. You shoud never go to war with your kin.It can be very hurtful and offendive to the family member or members.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    chanel and victoria

    i think this book is ok ....because you should not fight over a room with someone who loves you alot more. you can get to share the room and that what i didnt not get i would have put a 4 but my frined think it can be a 5 i think that book could have more thing cuz fight wit fimy is wrong and i would ever do that to my grandma and thats all we have to say. i think the war with grandpa was agreat book because i learned that i should never have a war with your family or your elders.it was the greatest book i have ever read in my life actually.it was a fantastic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Battle with Natalie&Alexnadra

    The book was great to read it was also very ,very funny. It was also sad, at sometime of the book !!!war with grandpa is an awsome book & it had a great title..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    LUIS & RALPH 's REVIEW

    This should be read by all kids of any age because it teaches family values.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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