Monday, November 07, 2011

Eddie's War

Saller, Carol Fisher. Eddie's War.
Nominated for the Cybils by Elizabeth Fama.

Eddie lives on a farm in a small midwestern town. He experiences life, some death, and meets a Gypsy gentleman from Poland at the library, where the two read newspapers. Jozef is trying to find mention of his town because of the approaching war. After Pearl Harbor, many local boys join up, including Eddie's brother Thomas, to whom Eddie writes. When a nearby farm burns, Jozef is arrested because one of his silver buttons is found at the site, but Eddie eventually finds out who the true culprit is. Eddie also has a budding romance with a girl from his school.

Strengths: This is a novel in verse, and at least it scans like poetry. While there is no rhyming, the lines all sound more like poetry than most novels in verse. This is a good depiction of home front life during WWII.
Weaknesses: Again, my students never want home front stories; they want the fighting. The style and subject matter struck me as something that would appeal more to people my father's age.

2 comments:

bfav said...

Interesting pick. I wonder if this would be a good pick for the classroom. Thanks for the review.

Carol Saller said...

Ms. Yingling, thank you for highlighting my book!

bfav, I do think it would be great in the classroom. My website has discussion questions that would help you decide: www.carolsaller.com. Other reviewers have recommended the book for boys and for reluctant readers. I also think that older people like Ms. Yingling's father would like it!.

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