Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War
Candlewick Press (MA), Mass Market Paperbound, 9780763642310, 277pp.
Publication Date: February 10, 2009
In a provocative anthology, two editors with opposing viewpoints present
an unflinching collection of works refl ecting on the nature of war.
Marc Aronson thinks war is inevitable. Patty Campbell thinks war is cruel, deceptive, and wrong. But both agree on one thing: that teens need to hear the truthful voices of those who have experienced war firsthand. The result is this dynamic selection of essays, memoirs, letters, and fiction from nearly than twenty contributors, both contemporary and historical — ranging from Christian Bauman's wrenching "Letter to a Young Enlistee" to Chris Hedges's unfl inching look at combat to Fumiko Miura's Nagasaki memoir, "A Survivor's Tale." Whether the speaker is Mark Twain, World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, or a soldier writing a miliblog, these divergent pieces look war straight in the face — and provide an invaluable resource for teenagers today.
Patty Campbell has been a critic, author, teacher, and librarian in the field of young adult literature for over thirty years. Currently she writes "The Sand in the Oyster" for Horn Book magazine, a column on controversial issues in books for teens, and is a young adult editorial reviewer for Amazon.com online bookstore. She is the author of six books, has served on the Board of Directors of both the Young Adult Library Services Association of ALA and the Assembly on Adolescent Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English, and as the president of the latter organization in 2005. Campbell lives in California. The author lives in San Diego, CA.
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