Veteran's Day is an opportunity to say thank you to all the courageous men and women who selflessly fight to protect our country. We'd like to show our appreciation to active and inactive members of the military by spotlighting some titles that offer a glimpse into the horrors of war and the perils of serving one's country.
The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a "normal" life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.
War Is... - edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell
An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war.
Sweet Hereafter - Angela Johnson
Sweet leaves her family and goes to live in a cabin in the woods with the quiet but understanding Curtis, to whom she feels intensely connected, just as he is called back to serve again in Iraq.
Purple Heart - Patricia McCormick
While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.
Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.
Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
Sunrise Over Fallujah - Walter Dean Myers
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
A collection of short stories that relate the exploits and personalities of a fictional platoon of American soldiers in Vietnam.
Ghosts of War - Ryan Smithson
Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was just out of high school. At age nineteen he was deployed to Iraq. His year in combat changed his life. This is his story. It will change the way you feel about what it means to be an American. (Taken from Amazon.com)
Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein
When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.
IraqiGirl - Elizabeth Wrigley-Field
In a country torn apart by war, a teenage Iraqi girl blogs her story of family, friendship, and life under American occupation.
Soldier X - Don Wulffson
In 1943, sixteen-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian front.