Don't You Know There's a War On? (Paperback)

By Avi

HarperCollins, 9780380815449, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2003

List Price: 7.99*
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World War II is on everyone's mind and in every headline, and Howie Crispers has a hunch that his school principal is a spy. With a little snooping around, Howie finds out something even more alarming. Principal Lomister may not be a spy, but he is plotting to get rid of Howie's favorite teacher. Howie's dad is fighting Nazis overseas, and his mom is working hard to support the war effort, so Miss Gossim is the only person Howie can depend on. With the help of his friends, and a plan worthy of radio show superhero Captain Midnight, Howie intends to save Miss Gossim!

About the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors. He is also the author of the popular Poppy series. Avi lives outside Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at

Praise For Don't You Know There's a War On?

“A realistic slice of life from America’s war years.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“This quick–moving, easily read story will be enjoyed by many readers.”
— School Library Joumal

“…fast dialogue and lots of lively detail.”
— ALA Booklist

“Fast–paced, conversational and full of surprises.”
— Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Well crafted dialogues zip with brevity and will keep readers grinning.”
— Children’s Literature Newletter for Adults

“Chock full of details from the 1940s home front.”
— Queens Parent