Island War (Hardcover)

By Patricia Reilly Giff

Holiday House, 9780823439546, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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A boy and girl must survive on their own on a remote Japanese-occupied island during World War II.

Fans of Hatchet and Julie of the Wolves will be riveted by the story of 11-year-old Izzy and 14-year-old Matt who are left alone on an Alaskan island when the Japanese army takes the rest of the Americans prisoner. Now that Izzy's ornithologist mother, Matt's father, and the other villages have been evacuated to camps in Japan, Izzy and Matt become the only Americans left on the island. They must rely on themselves to hide from the Japanese soldiers, keep their dog for giving them away, survive the harsh winter and Allied bombing raids.

A thrilling novel of kids with grit and ingenuity.

About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the winner of two Newbery Honor Awards, for Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. Some of her other middle grade novels include Genevieve's War, winner of the Christopher Award, Nory Ryan's Song, an ALA Notable Book, and Eleven. Her Kids of the Polk Street School series remain a popular chapter book mainstay. She has a doctorate in reading and spent twenty years teaching in New York City public schools.

Praise For Island War

"Illustrates the hardships of war and the importance of self-reliance. Fans of historical fiction will be pleased."—School Library Journal