Warriors in the Crossfire

Warriors in the Crossfire

by Nancy Bo Flood


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This gripping historical novel is set on the tiny island of Saipan, which the Japanese had long governed, near the end of World War II. Thirteen-year-old Joseph, the son of a local village chief, and his half-Japanese best friend, Kento, have their loyalties tested when U.S. troops arrive and one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific war is fought. Caught in the crossfire between the Americans and Japanese, the boys learn what it really means to be a warrior. The novel is based on historical facts, and an afterword describes the real-life account of what happened on Saipan—the unimaginable horrors of what is now called Suicide Cliff.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620910269
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: HL560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Nancy Bo Flood is a counselor, teacher, and parent. She has conducted workshops on child abuse, learning disabilities, play therapy, and creative writing. Ms. Flood has lived in Malawi, Hawaii, Japan, and Saipan, where Warriors in the Crossfire takes place. She lives on the Navajo Nation Reservation, near Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Warriors in the Crossfire 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kate_Narita More than 1 year ago
If you're studying WWII, this book is a must read. Not only does author Nancy Bo Flood bring young readers to an unknown setting, the island of Saipan, she challenges each reader to think about what it truly means to be a warrior.
WW2Historian More than 1 year ago
The author has done an excellent job of telling the story of the island people caught in the middle between the Japanese who had vowed to fight to the death and the advancing Allied forces. Well Done!
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Saipan becomes the center point of this fictional story that takes place near the end of WWII. The Japanese have taken the island and the inhabitants are little more than slaves. When the Americans advance to the island, the Japanese vow to defend it.Two young boys living on the island vow to protect their families. One boy is a native of the island. The other is mixed; his father is Japanese and his mother is a native.The battle that took place near the end of WWII became one of the bloodiest of the war. The author takes a dark part of this war and weaves it into a story that leaves the reader unable to set the book aside.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when war breaks out and you find yourself and your country caught in the middle between two warring nations? This book is based on actual historical events. The characters are made up. The setting was unfamiliar to me which is great. It meant research to learn more about the island of Saipan. Joseph lives on this island which has fallen under Japanese control The Japanese encroach on these native people believing many of them are spies for the Americans. Joseph is instructed by his father to hide the people in a cave so that they may survive. A tough decision but one he follows. No child should have to witness the atrocities of war like Joseph has, yet we know that children present and past live this life all the time. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It is also a book that I will recommend to our history teachers.