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Juvenile Resources

This booklist is part of the 2011 Reading Across RI program supporting one book, one state read of The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education by Craig Mullaney.

Military Families
Non-fiction:

Off to War: Voices of Soldier's Children, Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books,
Toronto, Canada, 2008, 175 pages. Middle Grade. DB068158
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have impacted the children of solders-men and women who have been called away from their families to fight in a faraway war. In their own words, these children describe how their experience has marked and shaped their lives.

Fiction:

The Heart of a Shepherd, Rosanne Parry, Random House, New York, 2009, 161 pages. Middle Grade. BR018323
Ignatius "Brother" Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family's Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.

Ten Ways to Make my Sister Disappear, Norma Fox Maser, Arthur A. Levine Books, New York, 2007, 148 pages. Middle Grade. DB065938
Ten-year-old Sprig no longer gets along with her twelve-year-old sister, Dakota, but the two pull together during their father's extended business trip to Afghanistan, sharing concerns about his safety, etc.

Operation Yes, Sara Lewis Holmes, Arthur A. Levine Books, New York, 2009, 234 pages. Young Adult. DB070461
In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.

Afghanistan
Non-fiction:

Afghanistan, Sharifah Enayat Ali, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, New York, 2006. Unnumbered. Middle Grade.
Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion and culture of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, Terri Willis, Children's Press, New York, 2008, 144 pages. Middle Grade. BR018905
From Enchantment of the World Series. Covers landscape, environment, history, striving for stability, troubled economy, culture of creativity, living day by day.

Fiction:

Easy Credit, Andrew Clements , illus. Mark Elliott, Antheneum Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009, 183 pages. Middle Grade. DB070036
Written by well known children's author. As letters flow back and forth between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across culture and religious divides, sixth grader Abby, ten-year-old Amira, and eleven-year-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.

Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson & David Olivier Relin, adapted for young readers by Sarah Thomson, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2010. 209 pages. Middle Grade. DB068651
Middle-grade adapted version of the book about humanitarianism and providing Muslim children with an education. Enhanced with photos, maps, illustrations.

Parvana's Journey, Deborah Ellis, Random House, New York, 2009, 199 pages, Young Adult. DB055612
After her father's death, Parvana, now thirteen-year-old continues to search for her mother in war-torn Afghanistan, joining with two younger children who are also struggling to survive.

Under the Persimmons Tree, Suzanne Fisher Staples, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2005, 275 pages. Middle Grade/Young Adult DB062301
During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan, and Nusra, an American-Muslim teacher who is awaiting her husband's return from Mazar-i-Sharif, intersect at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.