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Groundwood Books

Off to War

Written by Deborah Ellis

For kids - 9 years old | Published August 05, 2008 | ISBN 9780888998958

Cover of Off to War

Regular price $12.95 CAD

176 pages | 8.56 in × 5.56 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Off to War

Deborah Ellis

Society of School Librarians International Honor Book

Deborah Ellis has been widely praised for her gripping books portraying the plight of children in war-torn countries. Now she turns her attention closer to home, to the children whose parents are soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In frank and revealing interviews, they talk about how this experience has marked and shaped their lives.The children, who range in age from 7 to 17, come from all over North America. They were interviewed on military bases, in the streets, in their homes and over the phone. The strength of Off to War is that the children are left to speak for themselves, with little editorial interference beyond a brief introduction.

Includes a glossary, a list of organizations and websites and suggestions for further reading.

Awards and Praise
Powerful and eloquent, Ellis' subjects are sad, scared, funny, angry and loving - just like all kids, but maybe more deeply...Kids with deployed parents will certainly find comfort in the similar feelings and voices of other kids going through the same.
  • Commended SSLI Honor Book, 2009
  • Commended Library Media Connection (LMC) Editor's Choice Awards - Social Studies, 2008