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Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for...War

Controversial Song of the Day: "This is War" by 30 Seconds to Mars

For the entire month of April, we'll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating. 

Taken from nas.sagepub.com
War is definitely a topic that teens should read about. Not only to know the history of their country, but also to understand what their peers go through if they are part of the military (several teens are enlisting in the military since they can sign up when they are 17 and due to incentives like the GI Bill) and they are involved in a war. 

Not only do teens need books about war and the military because of their peers, but also because they may be the child of someone who serves in the military and may be sent to war. Pam works with several teens who are in military families and they struggle to adjust to new environments and usually act out when a parent is deployed. Having a novel they can turn to can make them feel a little more comfortable with this part of their life.

A few novels that may help them deal with either being in a military, coping during times of war, or the aftermath of war are:

* Back Home by Julia Keller

* The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

* Out of the Blue by S.L. Rottman

* Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

* Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson

Do you think that teens need to read novels where war and the military are front and center? Have you written anything that revolves around wars and/or the military?


Carrie-Anne said...

I've written a lot of things set during the WWII/Shoah and Vietnam War eras, and some things touching on the Korean War and Desert Storm. One day I'd like to go back and try writing something set during the Civil War.

A couple of YA/YAish books dealing with war I've liked:

Caribou, by Meg Wolitzer (Vietnam)

Till the Break of Day, by Maia Wojciechowska (WWII)

In My Father's House, by Ann Rinaldi (Civil War)

Lost Names, by Richard Kim (Korean family living under Japanese occupation during WWII)

Tamar, by Mal Peet (WWII in Holland)

Marquita Hockaday said...

WOW! Thanks for the additions to our list, Carrie- Anne. Those books ALL look awesome :D And it's so cool that you've written so many novel set during various wars. My novel is set during WWI but does not focus too much on the actual war, it's more about the Spanish Flu outbreak.

Sylvia Ney said...

Love the picture! Nice to meet you. New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.


Rachel said...

Hey ladies-

A lot of war books are coming out for YA just from the 2012 debuts alone :)

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (dying to read this one!!!!) about a 19 year old marine coming back with PSTD and struggling to return to normal life

Personal Effects by EK Kokie - about a younger brother of a now-dead soldier from Iraq war and what he finds in his older brother's belongings...

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson - about the girlfriend of a soldier in Afghanistan

Today I wrote about for "w" being welcome to the jungle, haha, and a YA novel taking place there :)

I've been loving your thoughtful themed posts, guys and I look forward to reading your blog and keeping up even when we're not on this schedule :D

Alison Miller said...

I live in a military town and many of the kids I teach are children of or friends of kids whose parent(s) are in the Marines so yeah, I totally think they could relate to these books. I love this round-up you've been doing - so many good recs. Thank you.

PS - Quita, you were one of my winners in my giveaway. Just FYI. :)

Joyce Lansky said...

This is one genre I haven't spent much time on.

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