The Always War

The Always War Cover

The Always War

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416995265, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2011

For as long as Tessa can remember, her country has been at war. When local golden boy Gideon Thrall is awarded a medal for courage, it's a rare bright spot for everyone in Tessa's town until Gideon refuses the award, claims he was a coward, and runs away. Tessa is bewildered, and can t help but follow Gideon to find out the truth. But Tessa is in for more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, she has stowed away on a rogue airplane and is headed for enemy territory. But all that pales when she discovers a shocking truth that rocks the foundation of everything she's ever believed a truth that will change the world. But is Tessa strong enough to bring it into the light?

Praise For The Always War

"This dystopian drama examines the human aspect of war, and also how technology may redefine war in the future....plot turns will certainly keep [readers] entranced."--Kirkus Reviews

"A smart premise."--Publishers Weekly

"The plot is good, the story line is captivating, and there are certainly many opportunities for discussion...will find itself at home in any school library and many public libraries as well...perfect for reluctant readers."--VOYA

"An excellent choice for reluctant readers."--School Library Journal